Global eHealth specialist InterComponentWare, Inc. (ICW) have signed an agreement with GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric Company. They are to integrate and co-develop their health information exchange (HIE) solutions. This partnership is to leverage the existing solutions of GE Healthcare and ICW, and co-develop new offerings for the health information exchange and global eHealth marketplace. Using ICW’s expertise in eHealth and patient connectivity, GE Healthcare will enhance Centricity Health Information Exchange service’s existing technology, patient connectivity and communications tools while further bolstering their security and interoperability capabilities. Centricity Health Information Exchange services connects, stores and shares clinical data from hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, labs and other sources to help improve communication flow between care providers and patients and clinicians. The state, government or Healthcare delivery organisations are enabled to create a secure exchange to share patient conditions, allergies, medication history and other appropriate clinical data across the continuum of care.
By improving the connection of disparate healthcare technology systems, GE is building on its healthymagination commitment to increase quality of care and access while lowering costs. Easier access to patient information helps clinicians make better more informed decisions that can help improve care. Additionally, GE Healthcare’s integrated electronic medical record helps reduce repetitive tests and the risk of medical errors. With more then 10 years of intensive research and development of state-of-the-art solutions for electronic health information interoperability, ICW brings its expertise. The company’s eHealth Infrastructure is in use globally with the Austrian National Health System, the German Federal Ministry for Health and Social Security’s bIT4health consortium, the eHC in Bulgaria and others. This global breadth complements GE Healthcare’s HIE solutions that are installed at customer sites in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Oregon. GE Healthcare and ICW share a technology philosophy and commitment to developing standards-based healthcare technology.