Swedish region taps GE for imaging informatics technology

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Sweden’s second largest region, Västra Götaland region (VGR), has selected GE Healthcare’s eHealth Image Exchange platform and Centricity Enterprise Archive to facilitate the exchange of images and reports between physicians and specialists at 17 hospitals.

VGR has extended its contract with GE Healthcare IT through 2015. The contract incorporates the eHealth Image Exchange platform and Centricity Enterprise Archive. This expanded access gives more patients the benefit of obtaining inputs from remote specialists and allows their care teams to seek second opinions, said Waukesha, Wis.-based GE.

With the bi-directional eHealth Image Exchange platform, GE is integrating industry standards into VGR’s architecture. GE said its data registry and repository services use the XDS standard profile developed by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise initiative (IHE). Authorized care team members can access patient data stored in the repository using any vendor’s system that supports the XDS standard.

The GE contract expansion also includes the introduction of Centricity Enterprise Archive’s Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) application. The ILM enables VGR to implement a standard archiving process across all 17 hospitals. This centralized management allows control of variables such as storage period, image compression ratio and management of tiered storage.