GE reveals RIS, PACS partnership deals at SIIM
SEATTLE—GE Healthcare announced a trio of new collaboration agreements at the 2008 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual conference. GE has integrated digital reference, radiology reporting, and digital orthopedic templating tools from third-party vendors with its Centricity RIS and PACS products.

GE Healthcare IT and AMIRSYS unveiled a new partnership that will introduce AMIRSYS’ STATdx Diagnostic Decision Support system, which provides enterprise-wide, digital on-demand reference tools at the point of care, with GE’s Centricity RIS-IC.

STATdx is a point-of-care, Diagnostic Reference Support system for interpreting clinicians of diagnostic imaging in the United States. GE said that the partnership will enable its Centricity RIS-IC customers to improve workflow by reducing the time required to research and complete difficult imaging analysis.

GE has also signed a partnership agreement with M*Modal, a speech-recognition technology provider. Under terms of the deal, GE will incorporate M*Modal’s AnyModal Conversational Documentation Services (CDS) as part of its Centricity RIS-IC Reporting module.

GE said that by combining AnyModal CDS within Centricity RIS-IC, physicians will be able to dictate without any change in workflow. The technology transforms the spoken dictation into a draft report, automatically structured and encoded according to the healthcare provider’s documentation rules. Documents are then generated in a semantically interoperable HL7 CDA format to allow for streamlined report sharing between practitioners and facilities.

The final piece of GE’s deal-making triptych was its announcement of a partnership with Orthocrat to introduce orthopedic digital image management and surgical planning tools with its Centricity PACS-IW.

The solution will provide a single interface for Centricity PACS-IW and Orthocrat’s TraumaCad software, providing Web-based, single-click access to digital templating tools, GE said.

Orthocrat’s TraumaCad software enables orthopedic surgeons to streamline their process for planning all types of trauma, reconstructive or implant surgeries by providing access to digital templating tools that can help accurately measure and plan for implants needed in joint arthroplasty, deformity correction, spine and trauma surgeries.

GE said that the integration with Centricity PACS-IW could potentially allow orthopedic surgeons to integrate templating into clinical workflow, maintaining all images, reports and templating results in one location, as well as potentially integrated into an electronic medical record.

The firm said that no pre-existing TraumaCad software needs to be loaded at the location where the orthopedist requires access. Once authenticated into Centricity PACS-IW, from any client location accessible via the internet, the user requests the TraumaCad software plug-in, which is then downloaded to their workstation from a server.