Microsoft and General Electric this morning confirmed that they’ve given the name “Caradigm” to their new health-technology joint venture, and announced the Microsoft and GE executives who will be making the switch to lead the new company.

The name Caradigm had surfaced earlier in trademark filings, but the companies hadn’t previously confirmed it.

So where does it come from?

“Caradigm will be aimed at driving a paradigm shift in the delivery of care by enabling health systems and professionals to use real-time, systemwide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience,” the companies explain. “Upon formation, the new company will develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and collaborative clinical applications focused on enabling better population health management to improve outcomes and the economics of health and wellness.”

What does that mean, exactly? The companies are planning to give demonstrations of future Caradigm product features later this month at the HIMSS12 health IT conference in Las Vegas, where the execs tapped to lead Caradigm will also be speaking to media and analysts.

Caradigm is expected to launch in the first half of this year, pending regulatory approval. The companies said previously that the venture would be based in the Seattle region, with about 750 employees to start. No word yet on the specific location.

Michael J. Simpson, a GE executive, will be the chief executive of the new company. Here are the additional Caradigm executives announced today.

  • Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Product Strategy: Dr. Brandon Savage, currently chief medical officer, GE Healthcare IT
  • Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering: Neal Singh, currently general manager of Microsoft Dynamics AX Global Financial Management
  • Chief Operating Officer: Nigel Mason, currently director, GE Healthcare Commercial Centre of Excellence
  • Chief People Officer: Tami Lamp, currently senior HR director, Microsoft
  • General Counsel and Vice President: Warren Ratliff, currently chief counsel, GE Healthcare IT Knowledge & Connectivity Solutions

The companies also identified members of the Caradigm board:

  • John Dineen, president and CEO, GE Healthcare
  • Jan de Witte, president and CEO, GE Healthcare IT and Performance Solutions
  • Kirill Tatarinov, president, Microsoft Business Solutions Division
  • Amy Hood, corporate vice president and CFO, Microsoft Business Division
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  • Douglas Stewart

    I used to work for a health insurance agency that used software called Caradigm to manage member information, utilization, process claims etc.  That software was developed by a group of non-profits and a university (UCSB I think).  Is the name just a coincidence?  The softwares seem pretty similar.

    • Guest

      Knowing the players involved, they probably didn’t bother researching the name fully before adopting it. In a few months they’ll face that embarrassment and have to pay out the other company.

      • Jon Pederson

        It’s kind of a painful name anyway. At a glance, in the context of healthcare, it reads “cardo… something’r other.” You have to back up and read it again. 

  • Jane Venturini

    This is intriguing to see a JV for Microsoft in purpose
    built software. Will this portend more JV’s in other applied solution areas
    such as manufacturing, education, defense/aerospace, and infrastructure?
    I think history will show that Steve Balmer is a genius in building a diversified conglomerate from a PC OS business.

  • Brent Colliers

    This is unique in tech. Apple is a cell phone company, Google is a search company and for $13 billion is now a cell phone company too,
    Microsoft is setting is self apart in the tech industry for building a diversified business that will provide lower risk and long term survival.
    Microsoft has a good chance of being around in 50 years, not so sure about Apple and Google.

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