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GE, KeyHIE extend health information exchange collaboration

GE Healthcare and Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE), which serves central and northeast Pennsylvania communities, are extending the region's health information exchange to augment its chronic disease management capabilities.

The collaboration extension also helps to broaden its reach to many more healthcare providers.

Geisinger Health System, an integrated delivery network for its use of healthcare IT-supported care coordination and a founding participant in KeyHIE, recently received a $16m Keystone Beacon Community award.

As part of the award, the Community will use KeyHIE to extend patient-focused care coordination across a community.

In addition, the Community will be an early adopter of GE web-based portals that will soon be available to patient and physician communities.

GE Healthcare eHealth Solutions business vice president and general manager Earl Jones said KeyHIE supports a highly effective model of coordinated care.

"KeyHIE has the right focus on improving both patient care in the hospital and at home and on reducing cost inefficiencies, like redundant tests, though better information sharing. As the business model for healthcare providers evolves, KeyHIE is well positioned for the future," Jones said.