Caradigm? Microsoft and GE signal potential name for health-care initiatives

Microsoft and General Electric, which last month announced plans to form a new health-care technology company, have filed a series of trademark applications for the word “Caradigm” — laying claim to the name for a wide range of health-care products and services.

The companies said at the time of their announcement that the joint venture didn’t yet have a name. Caradigm might just be it, judging from the breadth of the trademark filings.

I checked corporations records in Washington, New York, Utah and other states where the companies have a presence, but they don’t show any business applications by that name. I’m checking to see if Microsoft can explain how the companies plan to use the name.

“Caradigm” might look odd at first, but it’s presumably a combination of “Care” and “Paradigm.”

GE registered the domain name Caradigm.net last week, according to public records. Caradigm.com and Caradigm.org are used by the CenCal Health regional health authorities in California’s Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Announcing plans to form the new health-care technology company, the corporate giants said their venture would be based near Microsoft’s headquarters. It’s expected to employ about 750 people to start, drawing employees from GE and Microsoft in addition to new hires. The joint venture requires regulatory approval.

I spotted the trademark applications during one of my regular records searches today, and in the course of searching for more information noticed that Manan Kakkar also found the filings and noted them on his blog over the weekend.

Here are some of the categories in which Microsoft and GE are seeking to trademark the term.

Medical apparatus featuring enhanced management of medical records and data

Medical services featuring enhanced management of medical records

Repair and installation services for computer hardware and software in the field of managing medical records and data

Education services, namely providing of training services in the field of managing medical records and data; Providing a website featuring blogs and non-downloadable publications in the nature of articles and brochures in the fields of medical records and data and improving dataflow, workflow and business practices at hospitals, medical clinics, other medical facilities, healthcare insurance companies and other payers of medical bills.

Consulting services in the field of improving dataflow, workflow and business practices at hospitals, medical clinics, other medical facilities, healthcare insurance companies and other payers of medical bills by providing best practices services; Providing information in the field of improving dataflow, workflow and business practices at hospitals, medical clinics, other medical facilities, healthcare insurance companies and other payers of medical bills

Telecommunication services; electronic data interchange services for healthcare transaction information; Providing on-line chat rooms and bulletin-boards for transmission of messages among computer users concerning managing medical records and data, and improving dataflow, workflow and business practices at hospitals, medical clinics, other medical facilities, healthcare insurance companies and other payers of medical bills

Electronic storage of medical records and data

Computer software for managing medical records and data; Computer software development tools and computer software platform for use in developing software in the field of managing medical records and data; Computer software for analyzing business processes and performance in the healthcare field;

Online non-downloadable software for managing medical records and data; Online non-downloadable software for developing software in the field of managing medical records and data; Online non-downloadable software for analyzing business processes and performance in the healthcare field

  • Guest

    I’m very excited about this new initiative! With Google and Facebook out of the healthcare business, Microsoft and GE will be able to blaze a trail all by themselves. This is great news for Americans like me who want better healthcare now.

    (Not a Microsoft or GE employee or stockholder.)

  • Guest

    How about Failium?

  • Watever

    Really??!! is this the best they can come up with?

  • Guest

    Yes its Caradigm

  • Anonymous

    This is very exciting news!  The current competition lacks usability features which would enhance patient safety.  Notably, these programs completely missed the mark for nursing documentation, trending assesment data, and visual organization for timely searches.  Data does not always end up where it should due to differences in terminology used by the healthcare team and IT.  Build time to go live is excrutiatingly long and arduous.  Caradigm could surpass the others with better nursing and physician guidance.  As an RN, I am excited, but willing to wait for a better product!

    (Not a Microsoft or GE employee or stockholder)