GE, HCL Technologies partner on healthcare IT

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GE Healthcare has formed a structured partnership to certify HCL Technologies on its healthcare IT offering, Centricity Enterprise, and integrate HCL into its Digital Day One effort, which helps new hospitals in emerging markets open as fully digital hospitals.

In November 2008, GE unveiled its new Digital Day One initiative that provides an IT starter kit to reduce the digital divide between new hospitals in emerging markets and those in mature markets. Aspetar Hospital in Qatar and the Qatar Foundation are two of the first beta sites to partner with GE Healthcare on this healthcare IT solution.

Through the new partnership, the Noida, India-based HCL will play a role in helping to support new hospitals in realizing the "fast track" deployment option, in addition to supporting customers globally in leveraging new capabilities to optimize their existing healthcare IT systems, GE said.

"Making Digital Day One a reality will require a massive ecosystem, with systems integrators playing a critical role. To have an industry leader like HCL join forces with us is a significant step forward and a great endorsement of our approach," said Laurent Rotival, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT.

The two companies are ramping up HCL staff on Centricity Enterprise and related GE Healthcare IT offerings in preparation for certification and in-market customer engagement, according to GE.