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GE Healthcare Receives Carequality Certification, Advancing Data Exchange with Cloud Technology


GE Healthcare today announced that it has received Carequality
certification to enable seamless data sharing by its ambulatory EHR
customers with thousands of hospitals, physician practices, payer
networks, vendors and consumer services nationally. Already a KLAS top
performer for interoperability impact on patient care1, GE
Healthcare built upon its existing expertise in providing digital tools
to improve care coordination with its certification.

Beyond meeting the criteria to participate in the Carequality
Interoperability Framework, which include legal, policy and technical
qualifications for interoperability, the company has achieved effective
integration of connected data and data exchange processes into clinician
workflows. It has done so by introducing Centricity* Healthcare
Connections Hospital Connect for Centricity* Practice Solution and
Centricity EMR customers, with a strong emphasis on usability.

The Oregon Clinic, an ambulatory practice with 150 providers in 30
specialties, and GE Healthcare have piloted this workflow-enabled model
to enable the Clinic's physicians to rapidly access critical data from
multiple external sources. With this solution, the group expects to save
individual clinicians at least one hour per day on chart reviews and
information searches, reduce the number of duplicative tests and
unnecessary services, and deliver higher quality, more personalized care
to patients.

"Seamless integration of clinical data across care settings helps
increase provider efficiency and enhance care quality," said Tim
Fitzgerald, Director of IT at The Oregon Clinic.

By deploying this Carequality-enabled, workflow-focused information
exchange solution in the cloud, GE Healthcare customers can expect a
simple and scalable solution that supports clinical decision support and
population health management, as well as better data sharing with
patients, their caregivers and other providers.

"As clinicians seek not just simplified data exchange but also real-time
data integration, analytics and insights, this solution is a model for
more effective care coordination and a critical factor in the
achievement of patient-centric value-based care," said Mark Segal, PhD,
Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs at GE Healthcare

For ambulatory practices, current referral and information flow
processes can waste provider and staff time and lack flexibility.
Hospitals face the same challenges and also suffer from limited or no
access to ambulatory records or detailed care plans, especially
after-hours. By providing real-time access to clinical data, the GE
Healthcare data exchange solution can help providers accomplish the
shared goals of reducing costs while ensuring patients receive more
comprehensive, personalized and efficient care.

As of August 2017, more than 260,000 physicians across approximately
23,000 clinics and 850 hospitals can share health data through
Carequality. GE Healthcare customers using this solution will have
access to all of these exchange partners and the many others who
continue to come online each month. Additionally, GE Healthcare
customers will be able to take advantage of the collaboration between
CommonWell and Carequality. Announced in December 2016, the
collaboration enables subscribers of the two initiatives, representing
more than 90 percent of the acute EHR market and nearly 60 percent of
the ambulatory EHR market, to exchange health information with each

* Centricity is a trademark of General Electric Company

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and
services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and
more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE:GE) works on
things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough
challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and
diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing
technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps
medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. For
more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

About Carequality

Carequality is a national-level, consensus-built, common
interoperability framework to enable exchange between and among health
data sharing networks. Carequality brings together a diverse group of
representatives, including electronic health record (EHR) vendors,
record locator service (RLS) providers, and other types of existing
networks from the private sector and government, to determine technical
and policy agreements to enable data to flow between and among networks,
platforms, and geographies, much like the telecommunications industry
did for linking cell phone networks. For more information, visit
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1 Source: KLAS, Interoperability 2016 From a Clinical View:
Frustrating Reality or Hopeful Future 2016, Figure 16, p. 26.

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