GE HealthCare has inked a 10-year deal with OSF HealthCare, an integrated health system caring for patients throughout Illinois and Michigan, and Pointcore, Inc., a healthcare management and non-clinical shared services company, to help increase clinical and operational efficiencies, standardize care delivery models, and improve patient outcomes across OSF HealthCare. This alliance leverages GE HealthCare’s expertise and technology alongside Pointcore’s experience in hospital and clinic nonclinical management.

“In the rapidly changing world of healthcare, this strategic collaboration between OSF HealthCare, Pointcore, and GE HealthCare means that we can ensure our mission partners (employees) have the right technology at the right place at the right time, fundamentally changing the way we deliver care to over 1 million patients each year,” says Jim Mormann, CEO of OSF HealthCare Integrated Solutions and Pointcore, Inc. “It is in direct alignment with our mission to serve with the greatest care and love to all the communities we have been called to serve and aims to allow our patients to have access to the best care possible.”

The agreements are based on two main pillars, which will enhance the joint focus of OSF HealthCare, Pointcore, and GE HealthCare on:

  • A foundational alliancethatincludes investment in new technology systems, digital tools and resources, service, and support across a variety of care areas including nuclear medicine, oncology, and radiology. Specifically, Pointcore and GE HealthCare are teaming up to enhance healthcare technology management services, with the aim to improve management of OSF’s medical equipment inventory.
  • A new innovation that uses advanced analytics to streamline capital management and allow OSF HealthCare to reinvest in care for patients. As a part of this approach, OSF HealthCare will be one of the first healthcare systems in the U.S. to implement GE HealthCare’s new version of Digital Expert Access with remote scanning, an FDA 510(k)-cleared device to enable remote patient scanning on GE HealthCare MRI devices. This technology can bridge multiple locations, users, and devices remotely and allow technologists to share knowledge and make decisions quickly, reducing wait times and care disruption for patients.

OSF HealthCare, Pointcore, and GE HealthCare plan to increase access to personalized care, with a focus on enhancing precision oncology. They aim to identify opportunities to improve integrated cancer care at OSF HealthCare, particularly in radiation oncology and Theranostics for diseases like prostate cancer.

“The most critical goal of this collaboration is increasing access to quality care for all patients no matter where they are,” says Catherine Estrampes, GE HealthCare’s president and CEO for U.S. and Canada. “OSF HealthCare, Pointcore, and GE HealthCare are doing this together through integrated technology, digital solutions, advanced analytics, and dedicated clinical and operational specialists. The work of our combined teams will help enable OSF HealthCare to standardize care across their system and empower their mission partners to focus on their patients and communities.”

The agreement is the result of collaboration between OSF HealthCare, Pointcore (and its predecessor, St. Francis, Inc.), and GE HealthCare across initiatives such as improving the delivery of healthcare technology management and advancements in diagnostic imaging technology. Collaboration activities will begin in the spring of 2024 with the launch of the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute in Peoria, Ill.