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GE Healthcare Acquires Leading Healthcare Advisory Firm, The Camden Group

BARRINGTON, Ill., November 9, 2015 — GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) announced today it is expanding its U.S. healthcare consulting business with the acquisition of The Camden Group, one of the nation’s leading population health & strategic advisory firms. GE Healthcare Camden Group will act as the U.S. business unit of GE Healthcare’s global advisory firm, GE Healthcare Partners. GE Healthcare Camden Group will be uniquely equipped to enable U.S. healthcare organizations to navigate the transforming healthcare industry by combining The Camden Group’s visionary leadership in healthcare consulting for more than 2,000 healthcare organizations with GE Healthcare’s clinical and leadership expertise around the world.  Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Today’s healthcare organizations need partners who can help design and activate solutions that deliver care effectively and efficiently amidst evolving reimbursement structures. Combining GE Healthcare Partners and The Camden Group’s capabilities will allow the firm to deliver strategic and financial consulting to healthcare organizations, as well as advisory consulting on population health management, value-based care, clinical integration and care redesign across the continuum.

“By teaming up with GE Healthcare Partners, the combined firm is one of the largest healthcare consulting firms in the U.S.,” said Daniel J. Marino, an Executive Vice President of the new GE Healthcare Camden Group. “We are positioned well to assist clients as they navigate through post-healthcare reform and transition into value-based care. As a full-service firm, GE Healthcare Camden Group has the ability to provide a broad array of advisory and implementation services delivering distinct advantages and greater impact to our clients.”

GE Healthcare Camden Group’s trusted advisors will be able to help clients transform operational productivity through unique, integrated solutions that combine expertise with complex modelling and financial analytics for powerful, outcomes-based results. The group has deep domain knowledge in hospital operations, physician practice transformation, transactions, performance improvement and change management.

Laurent Dubois, CEO of GE Healthcare Partners, said, “Health systems are seeking to deliver care and manage their organizations as effectively as possible. Bringing The Camden Group and its team of industry-recognized thought leaders and advisors into the GE family expands our breadth to support clients not only in the clinical arena, but across entire health systems.”

The acquisition builds on GE Healthcare’s broader mission to develop analytics-based solutions that deliver transformational, enterprise-wide outcomes for healthcare. Last year, GE Healthcare acquired Finnamore and Foresight Partnership to further expand its consultancy and solutions business globally.

Laura Jacobs, an Executive Vice President of the new GE Healthcare Camden Group said, “This blending of capabilities, experience, and resources creates a unique offering for the healthcare industry. We are excited to join the GE Healthcare family and provide our clients access to the analytics, change management, and activation resources that will support the organizational and clinical changes required to be successful in healthcare now and into the future.”

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About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. http://www.gehealthcare.com

As the management consulting arm of GE Healthcare, Partners is a diverse team of consultants with a passion to help leading organizations manage the interdependencies between cost, quality and access. As an activation partner for clients, Partners collaborates to design strategy, formulate improvements and achieve measureable results and outcomes – implemented to change the way care is delivered. Working side by side with clients, Partners brings together advisory services, advanced analytics, and a world-renowned approach to individual and group change acceleration. By thoroughly transferring critical tools and methods, Partners enables clients to preserve and advance improvements in the long-term. http://partners.gehealthcare.com

About The Camden Group

The Camden Group is one of the nation’s leading healthcare business advisory firms. The firm provides a broad array of healthcare consulting services to enable organizational, clinical, and operational transformation to respond to the rapidly changing healthcare environment. This includes services such as strategic and business planning; performance improvement; care model redesign and access improvement; physician compensation; mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions; physician-hospital alignment; clinical integration; payer strategy; and implementing accountable care organizations. Since its founding in 1970, The Camden Group has advised more than 2,000 health systems, medical groups, hospitals, outpatient facilities, post-acute providers, and other healthcare organizations nationwide. For more information, visit us online at www.thecamdengroup.com.

November 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

GE Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare First to Achieve EHNAC’s Practice Management System Accreditation

Organizations evaluated on key performance standards of quality, privacy and security, as well as PMS vendor ICD-10 readiness
FARMINGTON, Conn. – January 20, 2015 The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced today that GE Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare are the first two organizations to achieve accreditation under its Practice Management System Accreditation Program (PMSAP).
 
 Jointly developed with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), PMSAP has been designed to serve as a third-party review and provide an additional level of assurance to the provider community during the evaluation process of PMS system vendors.
 

The accreditation program offers a comprehensive evaluation of practice management system (PMS) vendors in the areas of privacy, security, mandated standards and operating rules, and key operational functions. Additionally, the PMSAP assesses health information and oversight for meeting privacy and security, HIPAA and ACA requirements, as well as focuses on technical performance, business processes and resource management. Additionally, the program provides a review of the PMS vendor readiness to support and implement ICD-10 in 2015 and therefore a level of assurance to the provider community.

As beta participants throughout the consultative and consensus-driven process of program development, GE Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare were the first to undergo evaluation on their compliance with the criteria and receive full accreditation status for the two-year timeframe.

“As healthcare and its payment system becomes more complex, it is essential that providers rely on systems and solutions they can trust,” said Jon Zimmerman, vice president and general manager, Clinical Business Solutions at GE Healthcare. “In collaboration with the leadership of EHNAC and WEDI, we have taken another big step forward toward providing standards based solutions that providers can use with confidence to run their businesses. This is another demonstration of our commitment to our customers to provide leading solutions in uncertain times.”

“Building trust in the healthcare community is essential to moving healthcare forward and through our collaborative efforts with EHNAC, we are at the forefront of providing the necessary security and trust assurances to enable more secure, efficient and effective healthcare delivery,” said Michael Lovett, executive vice president and general manager for NextGen Healthcare. “Being the first to achieve EHNAC accreditation underscores our commitment to ensuring that client and patient privacy is a top priority.”

“As beta organizations for the PMS accreditation program, GE Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare’s collaboration and feedback have been vital components in the development of an industry-changing initiative,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “The need to maintain high standards of privacy, security and confidentiality as a practice management system vendor is critical, to say the least. These organizations understand the value behind provider assurance in the quality and integrity of the companies with whom they entrust their data. We congratulate them both on their accreditation achievements.”

EHNAC accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and confirms compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations. Visit www.ehnac.org for more details on PMSAP and the many other EHNAC accreditation programs.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visitwww.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn andYouTube.

January 20, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

GE to Acquire API Healthcare

WAUKESHA, Wis. & HARTFORD, Wis.–GE (NYSE: GE) announced today it has agreed to acquire API Healthcare, a healthcare workforce management software and analytics solutions provider, headquartered in Hartford, WI. The acquisition aligns with GE’s Industrial Internet strategy to invest in strong, innovative businesses that enhance GE’s portfolio in software, data and analytics. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Health care productivity is more important than ever for hospitals as more patients enter the system and operational costs continue to climb”

Improving operational efficiencies is critical for healthcare administrators today. Patients wait to be admitted and discharged. Doctors wait for test results. Staff wait for assignments. Rooms wait to be cleaned. Every hour spent waiting represents billions of dollars in costs to hospitals in aggregate each year. API Healthcare’s complementary offerings will expand GE Healthcare’s current Hospital Operations Management (HOM) portfolio, which gives hospitals real-time access to operational data.

“Labor costs represent over 50 percent of hospital operating budgets,” said Michael Swinford, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Services. “With this acquisition, GE Healthcare will be able to address a significant portion of hospital operations costs – assets, patients and labor – with a mix of software, real-time data, powerful analytics and professional services.”

API Healthcare’s solutions – staffing and scheduling, patient classification, human resources, talent management, payroll, time and attendance, business analytics, and staffing agency offerings – are used by more than 1,600 hospitals and staffing agencies in the U.S. API Healthcare has been rated by KLAS as having the top time and attendance solution for the last 10 years (2002-2012) and the top staffing and scheduling solution provider in 2012.

“Health care productivity is more important than ever for hospitals as more patients enter the system and operational costs continue to climb,” said John Dineen, President & CEO, GE Healthcare. “In addition to clinical systems, hospitals need operational management systems to drive enterprise-wide efficiencies, reduce unnecessary costs and enable improved patient care. Over the next 5-7 years, we believe sales of these systems will accelerate towards double-digit growth and GE Healthcare will lead the way.”

GE Healthcare will work with hospitals and health systems in three key areas:

  • Asset Optimization: Manage and track the utilization of assets throughout their lifecycle, helping to lower costs and improve efficiency.
  • Patient Flow Optimization: Manage and track patients and workflow from admission to discharge in real-time, lowering costs and increasing transparency.
  • Workforce Optimization: With the addition of API, enable better insight into staffing and scheduling to help ensure the right staff member is assigned the right patient at the right time.

Comprehensively managing the scheduling, flow and availability of staff, patients and assets will help hospitals realize significant productivity gains.

“This acquisition will bring API Healthcare’s complementary offerings together with one of the world’s leading healthcare companies to help customers make data-driven decisions on staffing and operations,” said J.P. Fingado, President & Chief Executive Officer, API Healthcare. “As the demands of an aging population increase and the greater challenges associated with a changing workforce take hold, operational efficiency has never been more important. We are excited to expand our capabilities and address customers’ toughest challenges together with GE.”

Once the transaction closes, the API Healthcare solutions will be part of the Predicitivity™ Industrial Internet portfolio alongside GE Healthcare’s existing HOM offerings.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com.

About API Healthcare

API Healthcare (www.apihealthcare.com) is a healthcare-specific vendor focused on workforce management solutions, and also the architect of the Healthcare Workforce Information Exchange (HwIE) — a revolutionary solution that facilitates the sharing of workforce data across the entire continuum of care. Founded in 1982, API Healthcare has been rated in the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards Report (www.KLASresearch.com) as the top time and attendance provider system for the last 10 years (2003-2012) and the top staffing and scheduling solution in 2012. API Healthcare was acquired by private equity firm, Francisco Partners, in 2008. The Company was advised by Spurrier Capital Partners, a technology-focused M&A advisory firm in New York.

January 21, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes GE Healthcare for Excellence in Radiology Informatics

BARRINGTON, Ill. – June 19, 2013 GE Healthcare’s excellence in radiology informatics was recently recognized when honored by Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 North American Company of the Year Award in Radiology Informatics. The award, which was given to GE Healthcare IT, is part of Frost & Sullivan’s “Excellence in Best Practices Awards,” which are presented each year to companies that are predicted to encourage significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace and have created advanced technologies that will help transform industries in the near future.

“We are honored to receive this distinctive recognition from Frost & Sullivan,” said Michael Jackman, vice president and GM of GE Healthcare IT. “Our team is focused on building world-class products for Enterprise Imaging and it’s very exciting to receive acknowledgement from thought leaders in healthcare for our efforts.”

Based on its recent analysis of the radiology informatics market, Frost & Sullivan especially highlighted GE’s significant research and development investments, which resulted in the launch of two important new products in 2012, its Universal Viewer and Centricity* Clinical Archive solutions.

With Centricity PACS with Universal Viewer, GE Healthcare is putting clinical insight within reach to help radiologists and referring physicians deliver patient results efficiently. Universal Viewer brings together advanced visualization, intelligent productivity tools, and multimodality workflow for oncology and breast imaging all within one intuitive workspace that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

Centricity Clinical Archive consists of a suite of products and services designed to provide an end-to-end solution. Unlike vendor-neutral archives that only support departmental DICOM consolidation, Centricity Clinical Archive unifies patients’ images and documents across the care continuum, helping clinicians make informed decisions with greater efficiency.

“GE Healthcare’s upgraded solution set is in perfect alignment with the evolving end-user demands and various directions being taken on by imaging providers in the U.S. market today. Combining top-quality service, high performance and technology innovation, GE Healthcare’s Centricity imaging solutions, in use by over 3,000 organizations, have a proven track record of allowing providers to lower cost of ownership today, while preparing for the challenges of the future,” said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Nadim Daher.

“This upgraded value proposition exemplifies GE Healthcare’s renewed vision and focus on delivering innovative radiology informatics solutions as one way of helping providers transition to an integrated collaborative care model,” noted Daher.

*Centricity is a Registered Trademark of General Electric Corp.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter—great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

 

June 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CareCloud Appoints Tom Cady as Vice President of Professional Services; Supporting Record Growth With Enhanced Implementation and Training Capabilities

Brings Close to 30 Years of Executive Management Experience in Consulting, Professional Services, and Sales in the Healthcare Technology Industry to Further CareCloud’s Market Momentum

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, today announced that the Company has hired Tom Cady as its new Vice President of Professional Services. Mr. Cady will be responsible for managing CareCloud’s client implementation and training teams – an essential pillar in powering the Company’s more than 100% year-over-year revenue growth while continuing to enhance customer experience and success. Mr. Cady brings close to 30 years of executive management experience in consulting and professional services, sales and client service in the healthcare industry. He joins CareCloud as a member of its senior leadership team and will report to Albert Santalo, CareCloud’s Chairman and CEO, and will be based in the Company’s Boston office.

“Tom is quite simply the very best professional services executive in the healthcare IT industry and I could not be more thrilled to have him join CareCloud as we continue to scale our national cloud-based platform and streamline the way medical groups leverage our applications and services,” said Mr. Santalo. “The onboarding of clients onto our platform and subsequent training efforts is often the first and most important interaction any client experiences, setting the tone for the long-term relationship. Making sure we have the industry’s very best professional service capabilities and leadership is critical for us continuing to achieve such high client retention, satisfaction, and consistent revenue growth.”

“I have had the privilege to work with some amazing organizations and individuals throughout my time in the healthcare technology industry, while also being part of truly disruptive business models along the way,” said Mr. Cady. “Given the challenges facing the industry, it’s clear that cloud-based technologies are the logical option for helping medical practices optimize their financial and clinical operations. CareCloud, with its modern design, architecture, and workflow automation stands to disrupt how physicians and their staff use technology and I am excited to join such a vibrant and innovative culture.”

Mr. Cady joined CareCloud from athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHN), a provider of web-based software and services to medical groups, holding numerous executive positions over his eleven years at the company. During the last half of his tenure at athenahealth, Mr. Cady led the growth and scaling of the professional services department. Under his leadership, the organization grew in both staff and annual revenue implemented by over 500%. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Cady also served as the athenahealth’s Regional Vice President of Sales. He was a key member of the sales leadership team that drove the Company’s revenue growth from $8 million to $117 million.

Prior to athenahealth, Mr. Cady spent more than seventeen years at IDX Corporation, a provider of software solutions for integrated healthcare delivery systems, group practices, and managed care organizations, that was purchased by GE Healthcare in 2006. During his tenure at IDX, Tom led the implementation organization of the company’s largest division and also built and expanded the company’s consulting practice into a $20 million business unit.

Mr. Cady holds a BS in Management from Bentley University.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of providers increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in more than 45 states. The company received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners in 2011. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

June 18, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

46% of U.S. Physician Groups plan to join a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Burlington, VT – HIMSS Analytics continues the series of strategic industry reports previously published by CapSite with the release of the 5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 800 physician groups on market adoption, market share, market opportunity and vendor mind share across the U.S. physician market.  Additionally, it incorporates information from the HIMSS Analytics® Database for a comprehensive snapshot of the Ambulatory EHR and PM marketplace.

“The year-over-year analysis that we provide allows for an in-depth understanding of industry trends,” said Brendan FitzGerald, HIMSS Analytics Research Director. “While both the tethered and non-tethered Ambulatory EHR markets show signs of maturing, there is continued opportunity with 35% of respondents planning to purchase, replace, or upgrade an Ambulatory EHR solution.”

The study includes Voice of Customer (VOC) insight on physician group:

  • Status on receiving incentive funding for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
  • Plans for purchasing or upgrading Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Primary drivers behind decisions to replace current Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Plans for joining a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Vendor Market and Mind Share coverage includes:

Acumen, ADP AdvancedMD, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, Aprima, athenahealth, BioMedix, Cerner, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Healthland, HMS, McKesson, Meditech, MedNet, MedPlus, MED3000, NextGen, OptumInsight, Practice Fusion, Siemens, Vitera

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company acquired CapSite in October 2012 and offers a portfolio of healthcare information technology market intelligence products and services, including detailed analytics tools, market research, and customized consulting. Visit www.himssanalytics.org or www.capsite.com for more information.

June 12, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

GE Healthcare Launches Centricity Imaging IT Tour 2013 in Dallas

June to October Tour Brings GE Healthcare’s Centricity Imaging Technologies to Hospitals and Medical Centers Across the US and Canada for Viewing and Demonstrations 

DALLAS – June 6, 2013 – Between June and October, 2013, healthcare providers at hospitals and medical centers across the US and Canada can experience GE Healthcare’s entire line of Centricity* Imaging technologies when the Centricity Imaging IT Tour visits locations in over 30 major markets.

“GE Healthcare is about connecting productivity with care on every level,” says David Hale, vice president & GM, GE Healthcare IT, US & Canada. “This tour is one example of that. We are bringing our imaging technologies to the healthcare providers who need to view and assess them, saving them the time and expense of traveling to a trade show to do their research.”

The tour provides access to GE Healthcare’s full line of imaging IT solutions including Centricity PACS or PACS-IW with Universal Viewer, Centricity RIS- IC, Centricity Imaging Analytics, Centricity Cardio Enterprise, Centricity Clinical Archive, Centricity Radiology Mobile Access, AW Advanced Applications, and Dose Monitoring.

Healthcare providers’ recognition of the value of GE Healthcare’s imaging IT solutions to their practices was reaffirmed in May when GE Healthcare was named the 2013 North American Radiology Informatics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.  The Award announcement stated that “GE Healthcare has remained the undisputed leader in the U.S. radiology informatics market for over a decade, both in terms of market revenue and installed base.”

To learn more about the Centricity Imaging IT Tour 2013 or to register to host a visit, go to

http://www3.gehealthcare.com/en/Products/Categories/Healthcare_IT/Centricity_Imaging_Tour.

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

University of Nevada School of Medicine Chooses GE Healthcare’s Centricity Solutions

Academic Center to Implement Centricity Financial and Clinical Solutions to Enhance Productivity and Efficiency

BARRINGTON, Ill. – May 1, 2013 – GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, today announced the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s (UNSOM) selection of Centricity* clinical and financial solutions to help improve productivity and efficiency across the continuum of care. The School of Medicine has agreed to use Centricity Business, Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity PACS-IW to help get its 250 students and 310 residents and fellows ready for a life in the ever-changing medical profession.

As Nevada’s only statewide public medical school, the University of Nevada School of Medicine conducts the first two years of its medical education curriculum on its Reno campus. The final two years are spent in hospitals and clinics throughout the state, and residency and fellowship training is conducted in both Las Vegas and Reno. The medical school gives students the opportunity to work on research projects, interact with patients, work directly with physicians, and experience the excitement of becoming a physician.

The School of Medicine, like most U.S. medical schools, integrates clinical training with the biomedical sciences in the first two years of a student’s medical education. First and second year students shadow community-based primary care physicians and experience how “real” medicine is practiced early in medical school.

“We believe our curriculum incorporates the best of integrated clinical and basic science education with early clinical experiences and case-based teaching,” said Thomas L. Schwenk, MD, dean of the School of Medicine.  The School of Medicine awarded GE Healthcare the contract after an 11-month evaluation process including a competitive bidding process against other top providers.

“Medical students will benefit from working with Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity PACS-IW, in a hands-on fashion, as they learn to leverage advanced technology for the benefit of their patients. We will also prepare our medical students for a career in medicine with exposure to the business aspects of providing healthcare. Investing in Centricity Business will help us optimize our financial performance while preparing for the changes that reimbursement reform presents to the organization,” said Dr. Schwenk.

Centricity Business is a proven, next-generation revenue cycle management solution that supports traditional and value-based reimbursement models including shared savings, capitation, and bundled payments, – for greater profitability, efficiency and enhanced quality of care. In addition to being implemented at UNSOM, it is currently used by hundreds of leading healthcare organizations across the United States including 82% of those in the July 16, 2012 US News & World Report “2012-13 Best Hospitals Honor Roll.”

Centricity Practice Solution is designed to enhance the clinical productivity of ambulatory practices.  With exceptional customization, progressive technology, and seamless interoperability, Centricity Practice Solution enables practitioners to spend more time with patients.

Centricity PACS-IW is a Web-based solution for imaging modalities and healthcare environments.
Today’s clinicians are online, managing patient images and clinical data via Web-technology, embracing digital radiology. With its SNAP tool innovation, advanced 3D post-processing and easy-to-use technology, Centricity PACS-IW is the PACS of the future, but delivered today. It offers a wide range of functions at high speed, based on the latest international standards.

“The University of Nevada School of Medicine is a wonderful partner to bring into the Centricity family,” said David Hale, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “They’re training the next generation of clinicians for Nevada and for the world.  GE Healthcare Centricity solutions will be with these men and women along every step of their journey toward enhanced patient care for all.”

The School of Medicine plans to implement its new solutions toward the middle of 2013.

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

May 31, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

GE Healthcare IT Announces New Initiatives in Support of Customers

Company Showcases Customer-Facing Business Plans as Customers Converge on Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2013 — As many GE Healthcare IT customers converge on the nation’s capital for the company’s largest user group meeting of the year, the Company is announcing several new initiatives intended to continue the focus on customers, year-round.

GE to Honor Productivity Champions

At this year’s session, GE Healthcare is announcing an effort to find the practices that most embody GE Healthcare’s vision of “connecting productivity with care.”  The Centricity Productivity Award honors facilities that have used GE Healthcare IT solutions to boost productivity in significant and measurable ways. Beginning in September, GE Healthcare will collect nominations for the award and a judging committee comprised of customers and GE Healthcare executives.  Judges will then award the winners with gold, silver and bronze level recognition at next year’s Centricity LIVE event in Denver.

Centricity Imaging Solutions Tour

As demand for next generation imaging IT rises, GE Healthcare is finding ways to drive the possibilities to customers, literally.  This year, GE “takes the show on the road” with the Centricity Imaging Solutions Tour that starts in Dallas, site of the annual Society for Imaging and Informatics in Medicine meeting, June 3-7. The truck makes roughly three stops a week as it travels the country for five months. “The goal is to bring our equipment to our customers so they don’t have to wait for a trade show to see it,” said Mike Jackman, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “It’s just another example of how we’re investing to help solve our customers’ imaging needs.”

New Centricity Channel Program to Support Ambulatory Practices Nationwide

GE Healthcare is making significant investments to support small and midsize independent practices nationwide through an expanded partner ecosystem.  Building on the recent launch of Centricity Practice 11 (CPS), which now offers ICD-10 readiness and exciting new features like one-click problem entry, we have expanded our network of Value Added Resellers (VARs) across the nation who sell the solution. In addition, we launched a new, tiered Centricity Channel Program. The program enables partners with marketing funds, co-op funds, performance rebates, and extensive training & certification programs to provide a world class solution and support to practices.  Partners also leverage the broader GE Healthcare marketing activities to help create demand and extend the offering. For information on participating partners in your region, visit the CPS Website, or, for resellers interested in partnering with GE, please email centricitypartner@ge.com

This week’s 2013 GE Healthcare IT User Conference, Centricity LIVE, is the year’s main event for the business’ U.S-based customers to share knowledge and learn best practices in order getting the most out of Centricity software solutions.

“It’s the one event this year where we pull our customers to one place,” said David Hale, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We’ll combine the feedback gathered at these sessions with that collected from our other, regular listening mechanisms. We regularly conduct customer surveys, product demonstrations and focus groups to form a continual, year-round feedback loop, the foundation of our relationship with our valued customers.”

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About GE Healthcare:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

 

May 29, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

GE Healthcare Showcases Powerful Vendor Neutral Archive at HIMSS

Centricity Clinical Archive Aggregates Images, Documents, Helps Doctors Make More Informed Decisions

NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 — Many attendees at this week’s annual meeting of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) are looking for a vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution that helps clinicians make more rapid and more informed treatment decisions and helps reduce costs by unifying patient images and documents across multiple vendor systems, departments, specialties, and locations. They want a standards-based solution that is easily accessible from the EMR and via the web through a non-diagnostic zero footprint viewer.  In Centricity* Clinical Archive from GE Healthcare, they’ve found it.  

Centricity Clinical Archive consists of a suite of products and services designed to provide an end-to-end solution. Unlike vendor neutral archives that only support departmental DICOM consolidation, Centricity Clinical Archive helps healthcare systems streamline enterprise-level and community-wide collaboration with performance through a breadth of interoperability standards, including IHE-XDS, HL7, and DICOM. Rather than forcing customers to custom-build their own solution with the complexity of multiple vendor relationships, GE Healthcare delivers a “360° Go-Live Experience.” It enables all solution planning, implementation, service, and management through a single team of clinical and IT experts.

GE Healthcare IT defines VNA as a Four Level Model for Medical Information Management

“There is a lot of buzz out there about Vendor Neutral Archives,” said Mike Jackman, senior vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT.  “At GE Healthcare IT, we define it as a 4 level model for medical information management, which helps connect and share information across multiple departments, specialties, locations and vendors, through a breadth of interoperability standards. GE’s VNA solution, Centricity Clinical Archive, i enables this effective collaboration bringing benefits across the organization to the IT departments, the physician and ultimately the patient. ”

The core offering of Centricity Clinical Archive provides a multi-ology, multi-site imaging content repository that enables consolidation of IT infrastructure for archiving and managing medical images and associated documents using industry standards (DICOM, IHE-XDS).  Its enterprise-wide non-diagnostic zero footprint viewer and IHE-XDS registry provide anywhere, anytime/near instant access to a patient clinical record when there is an internet connection available. A master patient index links patient records across network boundaries, while the messaging interface engine combines workflow systems like HIS and RIS to update an information repository and keep information consistent across systems. It also equips IT administrators with a choice of virtual server deployment to save data center space, disaster recovery by connecting to cloud storage, and high reliability with standardized configurations.

Since Centricity Clinical Archive is a solution offering, services play an important role in completing the picture. The core services include solution consulting, which assesses the current status and future needs including number and type of departmental systems, IT infrastructure, and processes in order to provide recommendations for long term sustainable data management and sharing strategy.  Implementation services help interface existing departmental IT systems from various vendors with the central clinical information archive, helping to ensure regular consolidation of information (DICOM and non-DICOM). One-time data migration services link existing historical data from the departmental systems to the central information archive, while professional project management services oversee the overall implementation to ensure on-time delivery and help the customer exceed their quality goals.

SWODIN built on VNA Platform – Benefitting from Increased Clinician Productivity.

In Canada, the Southwestern Ontario Digital Imaging Network (SWODIN) is built on the highly scalable and vendor neutral archive platform of the Centricity Clinical Archive solution plus other web-enabled components.  SWODIN is a highly advanced technology and infrastructure network that connects radiologists, referring physicians and specialists at hospitals across southwestern Ontario, allowing them to rapidly access, exchange and store diagnostic images and reports from multiple PACS systems that use many different vendor platforms through a unified, web-based interface.  

Today, SWODIN is storing 3.2 million exams every year from 62 hospitals using seven different vendors’ PACS systems.  Says Dave Veeneman, PACS/DI-r Manager, London Health Sciences Centre, “The system provides a single point of access to a single patient jacket, where clinicians can see all the exams that a patient has had across Southwestern Ontario.  We plan to enhance the system for imaging beyond radiology using industry standards like IHE-XDS”.  Glen Kearns, IVP of Technology Services, St. Josephs Health and London Health Sciences, added, “The economic benefits most directly tied to a Diagnostic Imaging repository, beyond IT simplification and cost reductions, include increased clinician productivity that translates into two positive impacts for our patients: faster access to imaging services and more time for our clinicians to collaborate on complex cases.”

IDC Health Insights Anticipates VNA Spending to Grow in 2013

“Vendor neutral archives provide a strong opportunity for providers who want to centralize and aggregate clinical image repositories, optimize storage infrastructure and add agility and flexibility to their PACS environment.  The industry is turning to vendor neutral archives to take advantage of economies of scale in storage, and make clinical images available throughout the enterprise, or to accountable delivery partners in the community, with centralized data management,” said Judy Hanover, Research Director for IDC Health Insights. “We anticipate vendor neutral archive spending will continue to grow in 2013, as more providers take advantage of this technology.

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About GE Healthcare:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.