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Trends Update — Electronic Medical Records: GE’s First Healthymagination Project Aims to Speed EMR Adoption, May Also Help GE Sell Stuff

floppy-disk1GE has put $100 million — the first installment of a promised $6 billion commitment to its “healthymagination” goals — into funding zero-interest loans to physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, etc. to support the purchase of (GE’s own) electronic medical records (EMR) systems.

The program is called “Stimulus Simplicity” and it has a couple of very smart features:

  1. 1.    The interest-free period extends through 2012, a year after the U.S. stimulus funding will give credits to EMR purchasers; and
  2. GE will include a “certification warranty” that will ensure the systems qualify for the stimulus funding.

Highly Ymaginitive, GE!

[A side note for the lawyers in the audience: GE says Stimulus Simplicity contracts feature "extremely simple language."  Truly plain language contracts ... that could be a $6 billion benefit right off the bat.]

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Trends Update — Electronic Medical Records: Telus/Microsoft and GE’s Global Healthcare Initiative Come to Canada

floppy-disk1Two Canadian developments on the electronic medical records front:

Telus-Microsoft:

Telus and Microsoft are developing a patient-centred system that would allow individuals to access and manage their medical records and would interface directly with health care providers’ systems to gather and share the data.  Canada Health Infoway wants to make sure it’s secure.  The CBC story mentions that the IBM/Google Health team is looking at a Canadian implementation as well.

GE Healthcare:

GE held an event today at MaRS launching a global healthcare initiative — called “healthymagination” — with announcements in 4 other cities around the world including Washington

GE is devoting $6 billion over the next 6 years to meet three goals by 2015: reduce the cost of healthcare by 15% (focusing on procedures and processes); increase access by 15% (to services, technologies and health education); and improve quality by 15% (partner with physicians and stakeholders to simplify procedures and accelerate adoption of standards of care). 

The initiative was introduced in Toronto by Elyse Allan, President & CEO of GE Canada, and by Peter Robertson, General Manager of GE Healthcare Canada, who did a good job of speaking to Canadian-specific issues.  One program that was heavily discussed was the Pan Northern Ontario PACS Project (PNOP) agreement with GE Healthcare for the creation of a Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r) and longitudinal patient records across northern Ontario.  The program is being funded in part by Canada Health Infoway and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s eHealth Program.

 

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