GE Healthcare Offers Stimulus Simplicity for EMR Implementation

Lora Bentley

Electronic medical records have been a priority of President Obama's since his campaign days, if not before. But they're coming to the forefront again now that he is renewing his focus on health care reform.


In the HITECH Act, which is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, Congress set aside $22 billion "to advance the use of health information technology." Certainly some part of that will go to further the effort toward electronic medical records for everyone. But it's not like that money is already available.


In the meantime, GE Healthcare is offering its Stimulus Simplicity program to help doctors and health care facilities adopt EMR quickly. RTT News reports the company would "ensure certified and interest-free loans with deferred payments for adoption of its EMR products, GE Centricity EMR and Enterprise."

GE will invest up to $100 million in the program, the story says, as well as provide $6 billion in financing.


GE's program appears to be a good one, and I'm sure it will go a long way in helping those who need to implement EMR systems to overcome the cost burden. There's just one problem: No one knows yet what a "qualified system" under the HITECH Act will look like. The standards are still evolving.

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Jun 18, 2009 4:08 PM Ed Gillespie Ed Gillespie  says:

Timely topic, Lora, and one I'm sure you'll touch upon more than once in the months (years?) ahead.  A number of corporations like GE have been active in managing employee healthcare costs for years, and hopefully will help move the nation.  Former Pitney Bowes CEO Mike Critelli has been very active on this front as well.  I've even seen more solutions coming out of their software group, Pitney Bowes Business Insight, focused on streamlining healthcare communications and ERM.  Guess we'll have to stay tuned.

Sep 6, 2009 9:19 AM Greg Starr Greg Starr  says:

I appreciate most of your commments.  About the lack of government money.  I think, it is good since there hasn't been any company that offers the problem saving trillions of dollars.

Big players, GE, IBM, HP Citrix are basically in a dead heat and any of those companies could probably reduplicate any feature within a few days.

Early adopters have been unhappy.  An EMS is not just an office billing system with text note capable.  The technology being offered differs little more thaan we had 20 years ago.

I want a system with some intelligence, that can make my job easier, that will call my attention to relationships betwen drugs, diagnosis, lab. I want a source for drugs of choice, that can idenfy clusters of data and identify outliers and help me resolve what is going on.

The system that I want has probably not been dreamed of yet.  Here we are, talking about the welbeing of our national economy and the health of millions of people and trillions of dollars in savings. 

What we've spent so far is tantamount to some milatary troop carriers with armor that may not even make it to Afganinistan.

I believe that we need a blue ribbon comittee of objective and uninvested.  The comittee should have acedemics and those with considerable experience.  They might be 20 or so doctors, engineer-architects and hard core computer scientists that can inject some life into a drab landscape for a priority problem.


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