GE launches health IT educational program
GE Healthcare has created a vendor-independent educational program designed specifically for biomedical and technical professionals to enhance their knowledge of IT concepts for healthcare. 

GE said its healthcare IT curriculum identifies IT skills critical to servicing and supporting today’s integrated and networked medical devices.

The healthcare IT curriculum allows GE to break out of the product-training box, offering an educational program to support the biomedical community, regardless of equipment or vendor choice, GE said. The company has identified the healthcare-related IT skills that biomeds need to quickly diagnose problems that affect workflow and quality patient care.

The rapid emergence of networked healthcare demands that biomeds acquire skills in areas in which they have not played a part, GE said. The company said biomeds know the differences between patient information workflow and healthcare enterprise workflow. 

The foundation course in the program, Essentials of Healthcare IT, explores the fundamentals of connectivity. Hands-on labs allow students to build and troubleshoot flat, switched, routed and wireless networks, using equipment, not simulations, GE said.