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HealthTech Review Mar 18, 2013

GE Healthcare Signs Agreement with HealthTrust for Infant Care Solutions

GE Healthcare announced it has entered into an agreement with HealthTrust, a group purchasing organization headquartered in the Nashville, Tenn. area, to provide infant care solutions including phototherapy technology, warmers and incubators, to hospitals that are members of HealthTrust. The agreement commenced on March 1, 2013.

“GE Healthcare offers solutions that help clinicians in all settings of the hospital, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), to provide life-saving care every day for the most vulnerable of patients,” said Alfredo Arguello, General Manager of GE Healthcare’s Life Care Solutions business in the U.S. “We are excited to work with HealthTrust through this agreement, expanding these critical solutions to a greater number of hospitals to continue to advance patient safety and infant care from a mother’s delivery through her child’s discharge.”

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First Global Commercial Installation of GE Healthcare’s Optima NM/CT 640 System Announced at Leading US Hospital

GE Healthcare announced the first global commercial installation of its Optima* NM/CT 640 technology, a new performance SPECT/CT system that helps physicians balance high image quality with low patient radiation dose and efficiency, at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Optima NM/CT 640 enables clinicians to focus on key needs in diagnostic imaging, including high-quality visuals, low radiation dose and short exam times for patients. The Optima NM/CT 640 allows for hybrid imaging rather than stand-alone CT use, integrating the latest generation general purpose camera with a newly developed 4 slice CT. Available in 2.5mm and 5mm slice thicknesses, the CT technology is designed to optimize dose and resolution required for particular procedures, offering clinicians high-quality images with routinely low CT dose at 1-2 mSv for a 40cm abdomen CT scan.

*Trademarks of the General Electric Company.

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GE Healthcare Showcases Powerful Vendor Neutral Archive at HIMSS

Many attendees at the2013 annual meeting of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) were looking for a vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution that helps clinicians make more rapid and more informed treatment decisions and helps reduce costs by unifying patient images and documents across multiple vendor systems, departments, specialties, and locations. They want a standards-based solution that is easily accessible from the EMR and via the web through a non-diagnostic zero footprint viewer. In Centricity* Clinical Archive from GE Healthcare, they’ve found it.

Centricity Clinical Archive consists of a suite of products and services designed to provide an end-to-end solution. Unlike vendor neutral archives that only support departmental DICOM consolidation, Centricity Clinical Archive helps healthcare systems streamline enterprise-level and community-wide collaboration with performance through a breadth of interoperability standards, including IHE-XDS, HL7, and DICOM. Rather than forcing customers to custom-build their own solution with the complexity of multiple vendor relationships, GE Healthcare delivers a “360° Go-Live Experience.” It enables all solution planning, implementation, service, and management through a single team of clinical and IT experts.

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GE Healthcare Announces Development of New Applications for Caradigm Intelligence Platform

At the HIMSS 2013 Conference and Exhibition, GE Healthcare announced it is developing two new applications for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform. With these new applications, healthcare organizations will be able to gain near real-time visibility into the operations of their emergency rooms and their bed management processes, thus enabling these organizations to better utilize their resources to improve the quality of care delivery while reducing cost. 

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GE Healthcare Survey Reveals Many Healthcare Organizations Not Prepared for Capacity Management Challenges

GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, a unit of General Electric Corp. (NYSE: GE), announced the results of a new survey that shows U.S. healthcare organizations may not be prepared to tackle the serious capacity and patient flow challenges ahead. The new operational demands are expected as a result of healthcare reform, regulatory changes and the shift toward accountable care. A primary cause may be the lack of data, tools, and an integrated approach to tracking utilization across the hospital that would enable leaders at these organizations to develop capacity management strategies at the enterprise level. The survey, sponsored by GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, collected responses from members of the HealthLeaders Media Council, a group of 166 top U.S. healthcare executives. It asked respondents to evaluate their organizations’ ability to manage capacity with respect to strategic planning, bed management, discharge processes, OR scheduling, and facility expansion or renovation.

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First U.S. Installation of Centricity Cardio Enterprise Complete

GE Healthcare the first U.S. installation of its Centricity™ Cardio Enterprise solution at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. This robust IT solution supports GE Healthcare’s enterprise imaging strategy by offering cardiologists a single point of access to patient data, images and reports across the continuum of care while enhancing physician productivity and helping to improve charge capture accuracy.

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