GE Healthcare and IBM Corp. have announced expansion of their financing programs for electronic health records systems.

Both companies are offering financing through corporate units (GE Capital and IBM Global Financing) to fill the gap between when a provider must buy and implement an EHR and when Medicare/Medicaid incentive programs begin.

Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM recently added four new vendors that are offering financing through IBM Global Financing. They are Siemens Healthcare, Lavender & Wyatt Systems (behavioral health), Healthcare Management Systems and SCC Soft Computer.

Waukesha, Wis.-based GE has added its Centricity Business suite of financial and administrative applications to the Stimulus Simplicity financing program for the Centricity enterprise and ambulatory EHRs.

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