A company headed by medical informaticist Thomas Giannulli, M.D., original developer of PocketChart, an electronic medical record system for handheld computers, has purchased the product line back from GE Medical Systems Information Technology.
Giannulli's recently formed company, Seattle-based medical software firm CareTools, announced the purchase Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Giannulli says that GE has not put much emphasis on personal digital assistants during its ongoing integration of various clinical information technology components and companies it has purchased in recent years, so he stepped in to take over development of the next generation of PocketChart software.
He originally sold the technology to Data Critical Corp. in 1999. GE took over that firm two years later.
A spokesperson for GE Medical Systems IT in Waukesha, Wis., was unfamiliar with PocketChart sale and declined to comment.