Launch of Stimulus Simplicity program by GE

To help doctors and medical centers adopt electronic medical records (EMRs) more efficiently, GE Healthcare and GE Capital have jointly launched the Stimulus Simplicity program. This program intends to help physicians and hospitals take advantage of federal stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Product certification and eligibility for stimulus funding consisted of companies adopting GE’s two EMR products, GE Centricity EMR and Centricity Enterprise. The program eliminates the need for up front payments for the same EMRs.

GE health care would provide a certification of warranty for the products while GE Capital, Connecticut, will provide funding. The palnned funding is about US $100 million for the EMRs. Hazard Clinic in Eastern Kentucky was the first facility qualifying for the interest free loan, mentioned GE officials. They will be applying for loan to purchase of Centricity EMR. GE Centricity EMR products give users the ability to document patient care and exchange patient, provider and information systems; is used by 33,000 doctors and 900 hospitals.

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