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GE Launches Centricity Practice Solution 10

GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, announces the launch of its fully integrated EMR and practice management (PM) system for physician practices, Centricity* Practice Solution 10.  Now with embedded reports that providers can use to track their progress toward achieving federal benchmarks for Meaningful Use incentive payments,  this new version has already attained 2011/2012 Meaningful Use Stage I certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®**.

“It’s changing the game here,” said Kathy Barrows, Clinic Administrator, Internal Medicine Associates (Fargo, N.D.).  “Centricity Practice Solution 10 has clearly been built to optimize cost efficiency and deployment of a hybrid system and has intuitively matched our workflow to minimize our training costs. We couldn’t be happier with our transition.”  After Barrows made the decision to upgrade to the beta version of Centricity Practice Solution 10, she quickly began realizing the benefits of its design and its improvements. Integrated. Intuitive. Informed. Centricity Practice Solution stands ready to move each clinical operation toward its own “best practice.”

Integrated.

Centricity Practice Solution 10 true EMR/PM integration helps ensure that one set of patient information flows throughout the practice, reducing medical errors and driving down operating costs.  Integration means that quality reports are directly embedded in the patient record to help medical practices manage their efforts to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives and other value-based payment initiatives. Integration also means that each action taken on the clinical side of the solution is immediately reflected on the financial side, removing a step from workflow and simplifying care process recording.

Intuitive.

Automating the most important real-world workflows into its unique user interface, Centricity Practice Solution 10 helps maximize practice productivity. On the PM side, the new interface introduces simplified scheduling, claims filing and billing while enabling staff to monitor progress in real time. On the clinical side, the solution has been built by physicians, for physicians, adopting existing clinical workflows rather than requiring new ones, maximizing clinicians’ effectiveness and helping them deliver the best care possible.

“Based on early copies of Centricity Practice Solution 10, it is clear GE has listened and responded to requests from its users in a big way,” said Maurice Rosenbaum, CEO of HealthSystems, a leading Healthcare IT reseller. “This new version is one of the most significant and broad sweeping user interface improvements in years and we are thrilled to bring this innovation to our existing groups and new groups alike.”

Informed.

The 20 Million de-identified and HIPAA-compliant patient records of GE’s industry-leading Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC) are embedded into this new CPS solution, representing a powerful tool for benchmarking and making data-driven decisions.

MQIC, launched in 2005, is used by physicians across the nation and is relied upon by leading academic institutions and medical practices. Further, the new practice management component ensures readiness for the coming conversation to ICD-10 and 5010 standards and the ability to successfully practice outcomes-based medicine.

“This product represents the best of the best in clinical practice and practice management solutions,” said Mike Friguletto, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “The advantages being delivered to the staff at Internal Medicine Associates will soon be replicated at clinics around the country. Better still, this product, developed by clinicians, continues to evolve based on the input we receive. It’s an incredibly exciting solution.”

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.

July 22, 2011 I Written By

GE Healthcare Announces New Solutions to Support EMR Meaningful Use

Centricity Practice Solution 10, Centricity Patient Online 12 Unveiled at HIMSS11 Conference
ORLANDO– Feb 21, 2011 – At the annual meeting of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) in Orlando this week, GE Healthcare announced two new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solutions that have been certified for meaningful use. Centricity* Practice Solution 10 and Centricity Patient Online 12 are enhancements to existing EMR solutions from GE Healthcare that will help customers achieve Meaningful Use and go beyond, meeting the needs of clinicians and patients with elegant design, intuitive workflows and easy-to-use features.

“2011 will be a critical year for adopting meaningful use and GE Healthcare continues to lead the way by delivering solutions that can help healthcare providers easily and quickly achieve their goals,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “Our broad solution portfolio offers healthcare providers the tools they need to lower costs and gain better control of the information in their practices – whether they are working a small primary care practice or a large academic hospital or something in between.”

Centricity Practice Solution 10
Centricity Practice Solution 10 is the evolution of GE Healthcare’s fully integrated EMR and practice management system for physician practices. Centricity Practice Solution 10 now has embedded reports that providers can use to track their progress toward becoming “meaningful users.” This new version has already attained 2011/2012 Meaningful Use Stage I certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®**. Leveraging the quality improvement and reporting capabilities that have long been part of GE Healthcare’s Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC), Centricity Practice Solution 10 customers will continue to be at the forefront of quality benchmarking through access to powerful and convenient reporting for Meaningful Use, PQRI, NCQA and other incentive-driven reporting initiatives. Centricity Practice Solution customers will now able to track the clinical quality measures for Meaningful Use, and also have improved data to drive quality care for their patients.

Centricity Practice Solution 10 features a welcoming design and easy navigation based on extensive research with EMR users. Robust without being overwhelming, each screen provides just the right amount of information, clearly demarcated so busy doctors can focus on just the patient data that’s needed at each moment – which can improve real, ongoing adoption of digital medical records. The solution is currently being implemented by several early-adopter customers. GE Healthcare expects the product to be generally-available in the second calendar quarter of 2011.

Centricity Patient Online 12
GE Healthcare is demonstrating Centricity Patient Online 12, a new release of the company’s established Patient Portal technology, at HIMSS11. Centricity Patient Online creates a single channel of communications that extends the provider workflow to the patient’s home to help reduce costs, enhance quality, and increase access to care. Centricity Patient Online 12 also helps providers meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 required and menu-pick rulings with many new capabilities. These include the ability to give patients an electronic copy of their health information upon request, to provide timely electronic access to the patient’s health information (including lab results, problem list, medication lists and medication allergies) within four business days of the information being available to the provider, to provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit and to offer patient-specific educational resources. Centricity Patient Online 12 is generally available today.

Additional GE Healthcare Solutions Certified for Meaningful Use
GE Healthcare also announced that two more of its solutions recently achieved Meaningful Use certification. Centricity Enterprise 6.9 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a complete EHR on February 17, 2011 by The Drummond Group***. Centricity Enterprise 6.6.3.2 had been previously announced as a certified Complete Eligible Hospital EHR.**** Centricity EMR 9.5, which is expected to be available in early Q2, 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 Centricity Advance, its web-based EMR for smaller physician practices, is 2011/2012 Meaningful Use certified 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).

Currently-available versions of the company’s specialty solutions, Centricity Perinatal 6.9 and Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia 7.6, have also been submitted to certifying bodies and are expected to achieve modular certification in the first half of 2011. Modular certification indicates that the vendor has passed the mandatory privacy and security tests established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and supports some of the Meaningful Use objectives. To certify as a modular software vendor, GE Healthcare must meet the same mandatory privacy and security tests as full EHR vendors. Upon successful completion of the modular certification, GE Healthcare will announce the detailed components for which it is certified.

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.
For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com
*Centricity is a trademark of General Electric Company.

** Centricity Practice Solution 10 (certification #CC-1112-704359-2) was certified as being substantially equivalent to Centricity Practice Solution version 9.5, which was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, NQF 0421. Additional software used in testing included: SureScripts OR Info Scan, SureScripts via Centricity eScript Messenger, Centricity Clinical Gateway & LinkLogic Interface Engine, Quality Reporting Services & Performance Reporting OR Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 Reports & Performance Reporting, Quality Reporting Services OR Centricity Practice Solutions 9.5 reports, Centricity Practice Patient Portal OR Patient Online, Medispan Drug Database, LinkLogic Interface Enginee.

*** Centricity Enterprise version 6.9 (certification #1028201043218) was certified on February 17, 2011 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0495, NQF0497. No additional software was used in testing.

**** Centricity Enterprise version 6.6.3.2 (certification # 1028201043218) was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF0495, NQF0497, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376. No additional software was used in testing.

***** Centricity EMR version 9.5 (certification # CC-1112-704359-2) was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, NQF 0421. Additional software used in testing included: SureScripts OR Info Scan, via Centricity eScript Messenger, Centricity Clinical Gateway & LinkLogic Interface Engine, Quality Reporting Services & Performance Reporting OR Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 Reports & Performance Reporting, Quality Reporting Services OR Centricity Practice Solutions 9.5 reports, Centricity Practice Patient Portal OR Patient Online, Medispan Drug Database, LinkLogic Interface Engine.

****** Centricity Advance version 10.1 (certification # CC-1112-470465-1) was certified as a Complete EHR on October 1, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0031, NQF 0034, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0064, NQF 0421.
2011/2012 certification does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.
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February 23, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

CDC to Test Actionable Alerts with GE Healthcare

A GE Healthcare, Alliance of Chicago and CDC Collaboration Project

After a full year of feasibility studies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking a significant step toward providing public health information at the point-of-care. CDC is collaborating with GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), to explore the efficacy of actionable health alerts, delivered instantly to a physician’s electronic medical record.

“When a physician is seeing a patient, she just punches the data in as she normally would,” explained Dr. Mark Dente, Chief Medical Informatics Officer for GE Healthcare IT. “The real work happens behind the scenes.”

Once the data is entered, it’s de-identified and transmitted to an archive where it’s measured against a disease profile and, where a suitable match is found, the relevant alert is issued and appears on the doctor’s EMR (Electronic Medical Record) display without so much as an extra keystroke.

“Our first use case explores foodborne illness—and CDC estimates there are 48 million cases of it in the US alone each year,” explained Dente. “As symptoms are captured by the computer, CDC matches them to patients reporting the same symptoms in a concentrated area—and a public health alert is issued. We could potentially reduce full days off the typical time needed to disseminate a public health alert, potentially saving lives. This is an incredibly exciting effort.”

“The adoption rate for EMR systems is increasing and public health needs to leverage data from these systems,” added Nedra Garrett, Director of CDC Division of Informatics Practice, Policy and Coordination. “Providing public health information to providers at the point of care based on presenting symptoms of the patient is a big leap forward.”

Announced at this week’s meeting of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society in Orlando, the project will begin with a six-month prospective study, seeking to determine if the alerts are triggered often enough or too often, and if doctors take the advice displayed within the alerts. As a foundation, the study will utilize GE Healthcare’s densely populated Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC) database, which today holds more than 17 million de-identified patient records.

”There’s a real opportunity here to more seamlessly contribute to– and benefit from– public health surveillance at the point of patient care,” said Dr. Fred Rachman, CEO of the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services. The Alliance, with participation from the Chicago Department of Public Health, has collaborated to develop and implement a use case for the pilot program since 2009. “If this is successful, and we’re able to deliver instant, actionable health alerts, we can intervene more rapidly at the individual patient level and more effectively contain communicable outbreaks. This type of rapid dissemination of relevant, up-to-the-minute information to clinicians at the point of care is a model. It demonstrates how public health oriented clinical decision support could enable us to manage disease more effectively at an earlier stage. It could impact lifespan and quality of life at a global level.”

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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How the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is leveraging EMRs – a GE Healthcare and Community Health Center EMR alerting pilot

Times: 3:00-3:15 p.m. ET (Monday, 2/21), 3:30-3:45 p.m. ET (Tuesday, 2/22), 3:30-3:45 p.m. ET (Wednesday, 2/23)

Location: GEHC Booth #2401

This presentation will feature leaders from the CDC, the Alliance of Chicago and GE Healthcare discussing a pilot project underway at a community center in Chicago. The session will examine the benefits of having instant, actionable health alerts delivered to the EMR by the CDC.

February 22, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.