It's Opera Time for GE Healthcare with the Acquisition of CHCA Computer Systems

By CIOReview | Thursday, April 10, 2014

BARRINGTON, IL: GE Healthcare announced that it is acquiring CHCA Computer Systems, a developer and provider of the Operating Room management and analytics solution, Opera. This deal is reportedly due until the second quarter of 2014.

CHCA has been providing operating room management solution for over 23 years and has been in partnership with GE Healthcare since 2003 for the support and distribution of Opera in Europe.

According to Jocelyne Thomassin, President, CHCA, “Building on this partnership, the acquisition will extend the delivery of this operating room management solution to more customers globally,” said Jocelyne Thomassin, President, CHCA.

As clinicians and administrators experience and encounter numerous challenges in gaining accuracy and real-time data to assist in scheduling staff, planning for surgical procedures and ensuring the availability of surgical materials; knowing what will happen in the next hour or day or week in the OR helps in increasing the capacity and efficiency while also enhancing the performance of the surgical staff. Opera helps them with increased productivity and patient satisfaction in the OR by providing real-time data, which helps in supporting the decision-making process and management of surgical procedures.

Jan De Witte, President and CEO, GE Healthcare IT, said,” A key tenet of our Industrial Internet investment is addressing new and pressing operational and productivity challenges facing healthcare. In the operating room – the epicenter of today’s hospital – better efficiency in turn benefits patients by reducing waiting times, preventing cancellations and increasing patient throughput. CHCA’s Opera solution complements our current OR and Perioperative software portfolio and will allow us to deliver a more integrated offering that better connects the workflow throughout the OR, using a mix of software, real-time data and powerful.”

De Witte concluded saying, “More than ever, hospitals need systems that drive enterprise-wide efficiencies, reduce unnecessary costs and enable improved patient care. With this acquisition, we will now be able to offer more of our customers end-to-end workflow and decision support software solutions in high acuity care.”