GE Healthcare has announced that over the next five years, it will spend $2 billion creating data analytics and patient population tools that will enable hospitals to effectively shift to a performance-based payment system.
National coordinator for health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD discussed interoperability and the path moving forward at the HIMSS 2013 Government Health IT Conference this week where he summarized the current state of interoperability in saying, "Today, my last visit doesn’t contribute to my next visit in healthcare. Most discharge summaries don’t get to the primary care provider; most referral summaries don’t get back to the provider who ordered them.”
Wisconsin-based Marshfield Clinic, a two-hospital health system, announces that it will begin offering health IT support services through a wholly-owned spinoff business, Marshfield Information Technology Services .
Maine Medical Center has won approval to move forward with a $40 million expansion project that will add five new operating suites, in addition to preparation and recovery areas. The news comes just a month after MMC announced a hiring and travel freeze in an effort to plug a $13.4 million deficit in the hospital’s operating budget.