Electric is the latest to become
involved in e-health, as the company unveiled the eHealth health
Doctors and hospitals have
more than $19 billion in incentives to switch to digital health
records -- which should help accelerate the process -- but format,
cost, and security issues remain.
GE's first monetary
investment will be $90 million -- eHealth has a web portal, storage
security software, and the LifeSensor personal health record
program. The company will offer eHealth to international
doctors and hospitals, allowing people outside the U.S. to also offer
Future features planned include patient
health updates that alert doctors when their patients have been
admitted to or released from the hospital.
Even though the
federal government and some doctors strive to go digital, many
patients still want to be assured the files will remain secure while
in the cloud. There have been several high-profile medical
record data compromise cases in the past 12 months that highlighted
The Department of Veterans Affairs is now
together a national e-health record database, which may outline
how other companies modify their e-health systems.
quote: Systems that will allow you to request your records for your new doctor and get them in hours instead of days.