Tools to Transform Health Care

In 2007, $1.7 trillion went to care for patients with chronic conditions. This report focuses on the development of applications that can help individuals remotely manage their illnesses.

Dental Services, EHRs, and the Stimulus Bill

The recently enacted economic stimulus legislation includes funding to help oral health providers adopt EHRs, as well as improve patients' access to care. This new fact sheet details stimulus programs related to oral health.

The Social Life of Health Information

A new Pew Internet/CHCF national survey finds the Internet has joined doctors and family members as one of the top three ways people search for answer to their health care questions.

Business and Finance

Thursday, October 22, 2009

GE Announces $250M Fund To Support Health IT, Diagnostics

On Wednesday, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt announced that GE will invest $250 million to partner with health IT and diagnostics companies, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports (Seaman, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21).

The "Healthymagination Fund" will target three major areas:

  • Health IT;
  • Life sciences technologies; and
  • Medical diagnostic tools (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 10/21).

The funding dedicated to health IT will help support:

  • Clinical information systems;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Health data exchanges; and
  • Value-added data services (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/21).

Part of a Larger Campaign

The $250 million announced this week is part of the broader $6 billion Healthymagination initiative that GE launched in May (Glader, Wall Street Journal, 10/22). GE's Healthymagination campaign aims to:

  • Help health care providers adopt EHRs (Malone, Reuters, 10/21);
  • Improve access to health care;
  • Increase health care effectiveness; and
  • Reduce health care costs (Tirrell/Layne, Bloomberg, 10/21).

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