GE-Microsoft JV changes the Caradigm

The joint venture company established recently by GE Healthcare and Microsoft is to be called 'Caradigm', and will develop software to increase adherence to protocols aimed at avoiding hospital-acquired infections.

Speaking at the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) congress in Las Vegas recently, the CEO-designate of Caradigm, Michael Simpson, said the software will also allow hospitals to monitor discharged patients in order to reduce readmissions.

Caradigm will be based on Microsoft’s open platform technology to facilitate healthcare management and bring patient data from different IT systems onto one comprehensive system.

GE Healthcare applications will assist health professionals in exchanging clinical data and care information to enable them to offer the patient tailor-made healthcare that takes into account the care they are receiving from other sources.

When launched later this year, the new company plans to bring all patient information together to improve care, optimise reimbursements and reduce costs.

“The problems of cost, access and quality are universal,” Mr Simpson said. “Caradigm’s goal will be to give value by delivering a healthcare performance management package that will deliver on the promise of healthcare information technology and improve patient, system and population outcomes everywhere.

“We have an exciting opportunity to transform healthcare globally with an established open platform and a new generation of applications focused on population health.”

The new company will launch in the first half of 2012 and will be headquartered near the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington, with significant presence in Salt Lake City, Utah and additional cities around the world.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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