Fujitsu Ltd. and U.S. electronics giant General Electric Co. said Wednesday they will jointly develop advanced medical information systems for use in Japanese hospitals.

“The two have reached the tieup in order to make a swift response to the growing medical information systems market,” they said in a joint statement.

The agreement calls for Fujitsu and General Electric’s GE Medical Systems to jointly develop systems that will enable hospital departments to access comprehensive data on patients across the Internet, including medical records and visual images such as X-rays, Fujitsu officials said.

The systems will integrate picture archiving and communication, radiology information and other hospital information systems as well as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging technologies.

The systems are expected to cut patients’ waiting times and reduce the frequency of hospital visits.

Fujitsu manufactures medical information systems. GE Medical makes picture archiving and communication systems.

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