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HealthTech Review July, 16 2012

University Physicians, Inc. of Colorado Expands GE Healthcare Investment with Centricity Business

GE Healthcare announced that University Physicians, Inc. (UPI) has expanded its investment in Centricity* Business, GE’s enterprise-wide revenue cycle management solution that helps healthcare providers achieve greater profitability, efficiency and enhanced quality of care. The expanded investment, which includes adding core capabilities like payer contracting, document scanning, and deep integration with the hospital’s EMR environment, will allow UPI to improve staff productivity and efficiency, manage emerging reimbursement models, and achieve strong interoperability with third party applications. UPI joins a growing number of healthcare organizations using GE Healthcare’s financial solutions to improve revenue cycle performance and efficiency while enhancing patient care.

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GE Healthcare IT Showcases its Latest Innovations at UKRC

GE Healthcare IT, a division of General Electric Company, will be exhibiting its latest range of IT solutions at this year’s meeting of the United Kingdom Radiology Congress (UKRC). The Congress runs from 25 to 27 June at the Manchester Central Convention Centre and GE’s display is on stand number 74. GE Healthcare IT, which has operations around the globe and currently provides PACS to a large proportion of NHS Trusts, specialises in providing a full range of highly innovative IT solutions which helps clinicians to make more informed, faster diagnoses and achieve gains in productivity. At UKRC, GE Healthcare IT will demonstrate how it is helping to fulfil the needs of its customers in the NHS, in particular supporting the aim of providing patients with access to high quality healthcare in a cost effective and efficient way.

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Vscan and Venue 40 to Be Utilized in an Evidence-Based African Study

In support of an evidence-based study sponsored by the Ifakara Health Institute, GE Healthcare recently assisted in the product training of 14 Tanzanian healthcare professionals at the Kisarawe District Hospital. The project represents a research study supported by GE in Africa entitled “Enhancing Training and Appropriate Technologies for Mothers and Babies in Africa (ETATMBA),” the study will utilize both the Vscan* and Venue* 40.

*Trademark of General Electric Company

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Solving Old OR Problems with New Digital Technology

For many Radiology Technologists like Jamie Rodgers, sending fluoroscopy X-ray images was cumbersome. In the past, Rodgers, a Radiology Technologist with the University of Rochester Medical Center, would have to wait until after an exam to move the mobile C-arm around the hospital in order to find the wired connection to the hospital’s PACS system. In some cases, images weren’t sent until a day after the initial scans. But now, with GE’s new Wireless Service Platform (WSP) technology, Rodgers can drastically increase productivity by wirelessly sending images at any time without having to move the c-arm. Designed exclusively for GE Healthcare’s OEC 9900 Elite C-arm, WSP’s intelligence adds new information transfer capabilities to solve old OR problems. This new accessory can be attached to any OEC 9900 Elite C-arm.

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