GE launches new projects amid expected layoffs

GE Healthcare is announcing new ventures even as the company is facing job cuts.
The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press reported Thursday that layoffs at the company's information technology division might come as soon as this month, with more expected at the beginning of 2009.

GE Healthcare Information Technology, headquartered in Burlington, employs about 800 people of the 47,000 employed by GE Healthcare.

GE Healthcare executives did not disclose how many jobs would be affected.

Last month, GE Healthcare announced that the company and its partners, the Mayo Clinic Rochester, Intermountain Healthcare, Montefiore Medical Center and the University at San Francisco Medical Center, would commit more than $200 million and 400 engineers to develop and commercialize an open architecture to connect disparate healthcare IT systems.

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