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GE Centricity Customer Achieves Stage 1 Meaningful Use

GE Healthcare IT today announced that the Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona (HVCA) is among the first physician practices in the nation to achieve Meaningful Use with a certified EMR. HVCA reached the milestone using Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 on Monday, April 18, the first day of the attestation period.

HVCA Administrator Barbara Watkins, R.N., helped lead the practice’s six cardiologists through the process of preparing for attestation to meet Stage 1 of Meaningful Use. The practice serves more than 15,000 patients and the providers started preparing for attestation actively in fall 2010.

Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona Uses Centricity Practice Solution to Successfully Meet Threshold

GE Healthcare IT, a leading provider of information technology solutions, congratulates Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona (HVCA) as the first Centricity* customer to achieve Meaningful Use. HVCA reached the milestone using Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 on Monday, April 18, the first day of the attestation period.

“The achievement doesn’t speak as much to our ability to work with the technology as it does to our ability to work with patients,” said Barb Watkins, Administrator at HVCA. “We’re already moving beyond this accomplishment and striving to use our information technology tools to make a meaningful difference in the quality of care that we deliver to our patients.”

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) certified Centricity Practice Solution, v9.5 in October 2010 as an ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 complete EHR meeting Stage 1 criteria, a precursor to meaningful use eligibility, making it one of the first systems to meet the standards.

Centricity Practice Solution v9.5 is also a CCHIT Certified®2011 Ambulatory EHR with additional certification in Cardiovascular Medicine with Advanced Reporting and Child Health. In this independent program offering physicians greater assurance that an EHR will meet their special needs, Centricity Practice Solution also scored a five star rating in CCHIT’s usability testing, the highest awarded by the Commission.

“We are thrilled to see HVCA achieve Meaningful Use so quickly,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire team at HVCA and see this milestone as a testament to the partnership we have with its staff. We look forward to helping other customers achieve Meaningful Use with the same speed and simplicity enjoyed here.”

Both Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 and 10 have attained 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®**.   GE Healthcare has several other electronic medical records products that can help customers achieve Meaningful Use.  GE Centricity Enterprise version 6.9 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a complete EHR on February 17, 2011 by Drummond Group Inc.***. GE Centricity EMR version 9.5 is also 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on October 28, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT ®)****.  GE Healthcare also previously announced that CCHIT issued GE Centricity Advance, v10.1 GE’s web-based EMR for smaller physician practices, 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certification as a complete EHR*****.

CCHIT and The Drummond Group made these designations in their capacity as Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

2011/2012 certification conferred by these agencies does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by HHS nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

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.

April 29, 2011 I Written By

meridianEMR Reaches 1,000 Urology EMR Users

meridianEMR Inc. announced today that it passed the milestone of 1,000 Urology providers who have purchased the company’s market-leading, ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 and CCHIT® certified, Urology-specific EHR. The 1000th client was from Urology San Antonio, a thriving practice of 28 Urology providers.

With the most successful sales month in meridianEMR’s history, the company added 85 new Urology providers in December 2010. These sales were due, in part, to an unprecedented meridianEMR Doc Fix campaign, which offered a 21.9% reduction on all new meridianEMR Urology system orders. The campaign was a vehicle to provide relief from Medicare Fix uncertainty and partner with prospective clients during difficult economic times.

“The milestone of reaching 1,000 Urology providers is significant because our strong and rapidly growing customer base reflects our ability to deliver the type of EHR products and services that Urologists need in order to make their practices more efficient and patient care more effective. We are excited about this accomplishment and thank all our clients for letting us be part of their success. We look forward to exceeding client expectations in 2011 with even more value and opportunity,” commented Michael Custode, CEO, meridianEMR.

About meridianEMR

meridianEMR offers an interoperable EHR solution compatible with physician practice management systems and advanced healthcare analytics. The meridianEMR, Inc. application is ONC-ATCB certified as a complete EHR, CCHIT certified until 2014, and Surescripts certified. The interoperability of the meridianEMR software is driven by the proprietary mXchange™ technology, which services all meridianEMR clients through a private, highly secure, real-time data exchange network. meridianEMR has a user base of over 1,000 practicing Urologists nationwide composed of a wide range of practice sizes.

Current meridianEMR Metrics:

· 1,000+ Urology providers

· 6,500 Urology staff users

· 10 million mXchange transactions per day

· 1.2 million active Urology patients

· 40,000 e-scripts per month

For more information, visit http://www.meridianemr.com.

January 12, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.