GE Healthcare and HCL Take Leadership Position by Forming a Comprehensive Healthcare IT Partnership





HCL joins GE Healthcare's Digital Day One Initiative for New Hospitals in Emerging Markets

HCL and GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare technology, announced today a structured partnership to bring together HCL's renowned business and technology services with GE Healthcare's portfolio of healthcare IT software. The combination of the two industry leaders will enable current and future customers to utilize HCL for all aspects of their healthcare IT lifecycle – planning, deployment, customization, and ongoing maintenance. Through the partnership, GE Healthcare will certify HCL on its core healthcare IT offering Centricity Enterprise and integrate HCL into its Digital Day One effort which helps new hospitals in emerging markets open their doors as fully digital hospitals.

In November, 2008, GE unveiled its new 'Digital Day One' initiative that provides an 'IT starter kit' that aims to reduce the digital divide between new hospitals in emerging markets and those in mature markets, providing every hospital with the same opportunity to improve the way healthcare is delivered. Aspetar Hospital in Qatar and the Qatar Foundation are two of the first beta sites to partner with GE Healthcare on this healthcare IT solution.

This initiative will provide rapid deployment, low-cost licensing and an expanded ecosystem. During initial testing, “Digital for Day One” pilot sites improved efficiency by 33 percent in construction of new hospitals. Through this new partnership, HCL will play a critical role in helping to support these new hospitals in realizing the “fast track” deployment option, in addition to supporting customers worldwide in leveraging these new capabilities to optimize their existing healthcare IT systems.

“Making Digital Day One a reality will require a massive ecosystem, with systems integrators playing a critical role. To have an industry leader like HCL join forces with us is a significant step forward and a great endorsement of our approach,” said Laurent Rotival, vice president and general manager, GE Healthcare IT. “Together, we send a clear message to the marketplace about our focus on quality and customer satisfaction, which will be critical to all of our efforts by working closely with HCL.”

“We're aligned with GE‟s vision and approach in every way and are proud to be their strategic systems integration partner,” said Shami Khorana, president for HCL Technologies for North and South America. “This partnership iss crucial to accelerating our market position and provide significant new value to our existing customers by focusing. We are also working closely with GE to expand our sales efforts and working to take a leadership position as a complete healthcare IT provider from pre-sales to deployment to support”

The two companies are already ramping up HCL staff on Centricity Enterprise and related GE Healthcare IT offerings in preparation for certification and in-market customer engagement.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

About HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies is a leading global IT services company, working with clients in the areas that impact and redefine the core of their businesses. Since its inception into the global landscape after its IPO in 1999, HCL focuses on „transformational outsourcing‟, underlined by innovation and value creation, and offers integrated portfolio of services including software-led IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services and BPO. HCL leverages its extensive global offshore infrastructure and network of offices in 19 countries to provide holistic, multi-service delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense, Telecom, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, Travel, Transportation & Logistics, Automotive, Government and Energies & Utilities. HCL takes pride in its philosophy of 'Employee First' which empowers our 52,957 transformers to create a real value for the customers. HCL Technologies, along with its subsidiaries, had last twelve months revenues of US$ 2.0 billion (Rs. 8974 crores), as on 31st December 2008. For more information, please visit www.hcltech.com

About HCL Enterprise

HCL is a $5 billion leading Global Technology and IT Enterprise that comprises two companies listed in India – HCL Technologies & HCL Infosystems. The 3-decade-old Enterprise, founded in 1976, is one of India's original IT garage start-ups. Its range of offerings spans Product Engineering, Custom & Package Applications, BPO, IT Infrastructure Services, IT Hardware, Systems Integration, and distribution of ICT products. The HCL team comprises over 58,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 20 countries including 360 points of presence in India. HCL has global partnerships with several leading Fortune 1000 firms, including leading IT and Technology firms. For more information, please visit www.hcl.in

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