GE unveils health IT tools for the complete continuum of care
GE Healthcare highlighted its efforts to connect clinicians throughout healthcare enterprises with electronic medical record (EMR) systems at HIMSS 2006 last week in San Diego. These Centricity technology offerings gave visitors a first look at the combined abilities of GE and the recently acquired IDX Systems Corporation.

“The new GE Healthcare Integrated IT Solutions business is combining the best minds in medicine, technology, and business to transform the way healthcare is delivered by offering customers a comprehensive suite of clinical, financial and business management solutions that support knowledge-driven care,” said Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Integrated IT Solutions. “These powerful new capabilities position GE as a leading healthcare IT provider, helping customers streamline healthcare costs, reduce medical errors and improve the overall quality of patient care.”

GE’s emphasis for these technologies is to enable healthcare providers to predict, diagnose, inform and treat disease more efficiently. The company is interested in re-imagining the role of healthcare IT and science, through technologies including evidence-based medicine; modular decision support; home monitoring device integration; and portable lifetime patient health records.

As a result of the company’s participation in Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE), GE demonstrated technologies for efficient health information exchange among care providers. The new standards-based interoperability effort has the goal of providing secure exchange of healthcare information among patients and caregivers as part of a Nation-wide Health Information Network, GE said.

The company’s product pavilion demonstrated the abilities of the new Centricity product line, focusing on the GE and IDX integrated products and what they can bring to the physician practices and whole enterprises. Systems on hand included ones with clinical and financial emphasis, for example the the new Centricity Enterprise system (formerly IDX Carecast) and the GE Centricity PACS interfaced with the former IDX Imagecast RIS.  

Also at HIMSS, GE showcased offerings for practices, including Centricity EMR integrated with financial products.  The booth also demonstrated technologies that facilitate better health management by patients and primary care physicians, including Centricity Patient Online and Centricity Referring Practice Online. Departmental on hand at the conference included perinatal, laboratory, perioperative and pharmacy environments.