HealthTexas Deploys GE Electronic Medical Records

Texas’ Baylor Health Care System announced plans to extend GE Healthcare’s Centricity EMR across its entire HealthTexas Provider Network (HTPN), which includes more than 500 community doctors in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Multi-Specialty Care Network Extends Deployment of Centricity EMR

With more than 500 doctors serving North Texas, the Baylor Health Care System recently affirmed its plans to extend the reach of its Centricity* EMR solution, supplied by GE Healthcare, across its entire HealthTexas Provider Network.

Since 2006, the HealthTexas Provider Network (HTPN) has been implementing Centricity EMR across its provider community with more than 250 active physicians on the system today. This announcement affirms HTPN’s commitment to implement Centricity EMR for the organization’s remaining 250 physicians. By the time the installation is complete, Centricity EMR will help Baylor physicians manage more than 1.3 million patient visits each year. GE Healthcare and HTPN are currently engaged on several initiatives to prepare HTPN for the achievement of meaningful use incentives established in the HITECH Act of the American Recovery and Reimbursement Act of 2009.

“HTPN has long-been a valued customer and we are extremely pleased to see a continued commitment to Centricity EMR in the HTPN clinical setting,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We are thrilled to continue to work with a world-class organization like HTPN to deliver patient-centered enhancements through clinical technology.”

Centricity EMR is an electronic medical record (EMR) system that enables physician office-based care providers and clinical staff to effectively document patient encounters, streamline clinical workflow, and securely exchange clinical data with patients, other providers of care and service providers throughout the healthcare delivery system.

Used by thousands of physicians to manage millions of patient records, Centricity EMR is among the most widely-used electronic health records in the world. It empowers healthcare providers to deliver quality care at lower costs and supports the mission of practices in urban, rural, suburban, academic and community health settings across the country.

*Centricity is a Registered Trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT BAYLOR:
Baylor Health Care System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care provider serving nearly 1.4 million patients through its network of more than 280 access points. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a major research and teaching facility for the Southwest, anchors the Baylor network which includes a total of 27 hospitals. In addition, access points include: ambulatory surgical/endoscopy centers, satellite outpatient locations, senior centers, and physician clinics through the HealthTexas Provider Network. Patient-centered medical research is conducted at the Baylor Research Institute and fundraising to support the System’s mission is led by the Baylor Health Care System Foundation.

Baylor employs more than 20,000, making it the third largest private-sector employer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. More than 4,500 physicians comprise the current medical staff. For fiscal year 2009, Baylor recorded $4.4 billion in total assets and $513.5 million community benefit.

Known for its quality initiatives, Baylor became the first health care system in the State of Texas to receive the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has been named in US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” guide for 17 consecutive years and has the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any teaching hospital in the country according to Consumer Reports.

For more information, visit BaylorHealth.com.

ABOUT HEALTHTEXAS PROVIDER NETWORK:

HealthTexas Provider Network, formed in 1994, has grown to become one of the most effective physician-directed patient-centered organizations in the nation. Approximately 2000 people are employed in our organization, including more than 500 physicians practicing in 156 locations. Our practice is comprised of 69 primary care centers, 57 specialty care centers, 9 physiatric medicine centers, 5 CT centers, 5 hospitalists programs, 10 liver disease outreach centers, 4 senior health centers, 3 MRI centers and a family practice residency program.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

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