Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd. has announced the formation of a new Americas business group focused on consolidating its various medical imaging offerings while expanding its focus on healthcare innovation and informatics. Hitachi will combine Hitachi Aloka Medical America Inc into Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. on April 1, which will then change its name to Hitachi Healthcare America Corp.

The newly formed company will function as the regional headquarters providing sales and maintenances services while driving an enhanced customer-focused strategy for growing the company’s current medical modality segments. The company will also drive the expansion of its healthcare innovation and strengthen its informatics-related medical businesses in the Americas.

Hitachi’s healthcare business, one of the four major focuses of the company’s social innovation business, provides diagnostic and clinical solutions aimed at achieving more efficient quality in medical service. These solutions range from diagnostic/clinical systems, such as particle therapy systems, to testing/reagents such as clinical analyzers and informatics that include IT services and integrated community care systems.

“We are focused on the long-term future of Hitachi’s Healthcare commitment in the Americas and are taking deliberate, strategic actions to improve the company’s overall operations while enhancing our competitive position and future growth,” says Yasuhiko Taniguchi, senior vice president and general manager of the healthcare division at Hitachi America Ltd.

Hitachi also reiterated its commitment to increasing its product offerings and service expertise to key healthcare partnerships in the region. “Integrating our medical imaging operations will allow us to accelerate the design and development of cost effective healthcare technology and services offerings, while continuing to provide a superior level of service, and support to our customers and partners in the Americas,” says Donald Broomfield, president and CEO of Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. “The scale and scope of this new organization will also enable us to provide a growth platform to further advance our medical imaging solutions.”

Hitachi also announced its intention to integrate its innovation and informatics division, which currently belongs to Hitachi America, Ltd into the new Hitachi Healthcare America Corp. The company will focus on collaborative creation with its Americas-based key partners and customers to realize advanced medical technology and Informatics solutions, such as using radiation therapy treatment data and artificial intelligence to support creating better treatment plans.