Northern Ontario PACS Project Awards Multi-Site, Multi-PACS Image Repository Project to GE Healthcare

    Common Infrastructure to Help Drive Creation of Longitudinal Electronic
    Patient Record Shared by Clinicians in Sparsely Populated Region

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - With support from Canada Health Infoway and the
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's eHealth Program, the Pan Northern
Ontario PACS Project (PNOP) has signed an agreement with GE Healthcare for the
creation of a Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r) and longitudinal patient
record across a sparsely populated region that spans an area larger than the
state of Texas. GE Healthcare Canada President and CEO President Peter
Robertson made the announcement during this afternoon's press briefing
detailing GE's new "healthymagination" initiative. GE will leverage its
Centricity Enterprise Archive and Centricity OneView solutions for a common
infrastructure that will consolidate patient images and information from
multiple PACS at different sites across Northern Ontario and allow the sharing
of patient images and information.
    "Only after an extensive evaluation that included live demonstrations was
the GE Healthcare solution selected," says Marc Bouchard, Chief Information
and Chief Privacy officer with the Sault Area Hospital, one of the executive
sponsors of the project. "We were very impressed with GE's overall solution
and how it aligned with our needs."
    With the DI-r in place, physicians will be able to access images and
reports on studies that originated in other facilities, with the goal of
improving the time to diagnosis and helping to increase the standard of care
for all patients, regardless of location. The DI-r project helps build the
foundation for the eHealth Ontario and Canada Health Infoway initiative to
create a pan-Provincial and eventually, a pan-Canadian Electronic Health
Record (EHR).
    GE will first establish the DI-r at two data centers located in the
Northeast and Northwest Local Healthcare Integrated Networks (LHINs) to create
a mirrored, redundant solution. The LHINs include nearly 40 health
organizations that generate approximately 900,000 images each year. The
central image and report repository will serve as a long-term archive for all
images across the region.
    "GE approached this project from a consultative standpoint to better
understand the needs that PNOP laid forth," says Mike Clarke, General Manager,
GE Healthcare IT Canada, "and we are proud to be recognized for our ability to
deliver solutions that meet and exceed their requirements.
    Leveraging our strengths as a developer and integrator, GE is seeking to
help PNOP create a more efficient, cost-effective health system that is
aligned with future technology models."


    GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services
that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging
and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems,
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technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to
predict, diagnose, inform, treat and monitor disease, so patients can live
their lives to the fullest.
    GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare
providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological
diseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable
a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis,
pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in the
United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric
Company (NYSE:   GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people
committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than
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