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GE Healthcare Announces Centricity Practice Solution 11

New Ambulatory EMR Offering Simplifies ICD-10 Readiness with One-click Problem Entry and Mapping to ICD-9 Codes

BARRINGTON, Ill. – Jan 24, 2013 – GE Healthcare today announced the release of Centricity* Practice Solution 11, the next generation of its fully integrated EMR and Practice Management solution.   With a dynamic search engine and one-click problem entry, Centricity Practice Solution simplifies the data entry required for medical providers to comply with new the ICD-10 coding requirements and reduces the number of clicks required to enter a problem by 75%.  Combined with the ability to customize workflows, this new solution will help ambulatory practices adjust to healthcare reform and embrace new care models.

With the mandatory transition to ICD-10 codes in October 2014, US providers face a daunting challenge.  While the new coding system has many benefits, including measuring the quality, safety and efficacy of care, it multiplies the ICD-9 dataset by a factor of five and will require a significant amount of training and effort for providers to successfully navigate. With today’s release of Centricity Practice Solution 11, GE Healthcare helps ease the transition to ICD-10 for its customers.

“I’m impressed with the mapping functionality between ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes,” said Dr. Jay Prakash from South Atlanta Medical Clinic. “When our practice has to go through the coding transition next year, the bulk of the learning curve will already be behind us. We are already making use of the one-click problem entry and the search functionality is exceptional.”

Both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes come pre-loaded in the patient chart, and are delivered through a dynamic search engine, enabling providers to efficiently assign the diagnosis code. Additionally, the search engine uses an algorithm to both predict common search terms and map ICD-9 codes to ICD-10 codes using guidance from CMS where there is a one-to-one correlation, so providers can see the links between the two systems. Problem codes are fully searchable and, once the provider selects the appropriate diagnosis, correlating codes are automatically mapped to both ICD-9 and ICD-10,where there is a one-to-one match.

“The transition to ICD-10 represents one of the most significant changes to clinical documentation since EHR adoption.   Providers that don’t manage the transition well will face high levels of denied claims, delayed payments, inconvenience to patients and potentially legal exposure in the event that improper coding is audited,” said Judy Hanover, research director with IDC Health Insights. “Products that help ease the pain of the transition should do very well in this market.”

Robust features enable providers to spend more time with patients

Centricity Practice Solution offers enhancements in three key areas that help to improve clinical and financial productivity for ambulatory practices:

  • Customizable: Centricity Practice Solution offers flexible workflows that providers can configure to mirror how their specific practice operates, thus reducing the amount of time spent on data entry. Additionally, CPS allows exceptional customization and decision support tools that enable  efficient patient encounters.
  • Progressive: In addition to the predictive search engine and one-click problem entry, Centricity Practice Solution includes a portfolio of pre-built reports and access to GE’s database of nearly 30 million de-identified patient records, so that providers can gather information to prepare to attest for Meaningful Use, benchmark clinical outcomes and adopt new care models like Patient Centered Medical Home.
  • Interoperable: Centricity Practice Solution is available as a fully-integrated EMR/PM package, or either module can be configured to operate as a standalone solution. Centricity Practice Solution also has the built-in tools and forms that enable it to connect to virtually any hospital EMR or revenue cycle system, thus enabling providers to share data with multiple delivery networks in order to offer more coordinated, data-driven care.

“Centricity Practice Solution gives our customers a leg up on transitioning to ICD-10 coding standards,” said Mike Friguletto, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT.  “Our customers that choose to upgrade will be thrilled with the one-click problem entry and ability to continue to customize workflows. It’s truly a game-changer.”

*Registered trademark of General Electric Corp.

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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 increasing access and improving quality and affordability 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.

January 24, 2013 I Written By

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Centricity Patient Online Achieves New Certifications to Enhance Patient Experience

Today, GE Healthcare announced a pair of certifications for its Centricity Patient Online 12.0 solution – a highly configurable, secure patient portal solution designed to synchronize with the complex workflows of large healthcare organizations. Centricity Patient Online’s self-service online bill pay functionality received PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standards) certification, and the portal also became one of the first to be certified as a Modular EHR technology by the Drummond Group.

Product Receives Certification on Data Security, Meaningful Use Eligibility

Furthering its commitment to enhanced patient care, GE Healthcare today announced a pair of certifications for its Centricity* Patient Online 12.0 solution that bolster its capacity to deliver patient-centric service at the point of care.

Centricity Patient Online’s self-service online bill pay functionality received PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standards) certification. Established by the Payment Card Industry Council, this stringent threshold verifies the product meets a rigid set of security standards for storing, processing, or transmitting card holder data. GE Healthcare achieved this certification through the integration of Patient Online 12.0 with the PA-DSS-compliant Centricity Business Credit Card Module.

In addition, GE Healthcare’s Centricity* Patient Online 12.0 recently became one of the first patient portals to be certified as a Modular EHR technology on July 28th , 2011 by Drummond Group Inc, which means the product is considered to be 2011/2012 Meaningful Use compliant. Modular certification indicates that Centricity Patient Online supports some certification criteria associated with meaningful use objectives, helping to enable eligible professionals qualify for federal HIT incentive payments.

Drummond Group made the designation in its capacity as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) in accordance with the applicable Eligible Professional certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Together, these certifications reflect the continuing march across the Centricity product line to meet the stringent criteria established by the government and industry leaders, while continuing our efforts to help enhance patient care,” said Mike Friguletto, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT.

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet some or all meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using one or more EHR system of certified vendors that satisfy all applicable certification criteria are qualified to receive federal adoption incentives upon demonstrating meaningful use of the certified technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

Centricity Patient Online is a highly configurable, secure patient portal solution designed to synchronize with the complex workflows of large healthcare organizations. Patient Online extends the practice workflow to the patient’s home via PC and mobile device, with a best-of-breed array of clinical and administrative self-service tools. This includes providing patients with timely access to their complete, integrated health histories, enabling them to take a more active role in their healthcare. With secure messaging, actionable alerts, eVisits, and relationship-based family and proxy access, Patient Online helps organizations reduce costs while providing consumers with the control they demand over their patient data.

*Centricity is a Registered Trademark of General Electric Company.

This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or 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.

October 6, 2011 I Written By

GE Healthcare Launches Centricity Business 5.0

As healthcare providers prepare to tackle the complexity of ICD-10 and face increasingly lower reimbursement rates, revenue cycle management continues to be a priority at hospitals and practices across the country.

On Monday, August 22, GE Healthcare will introduce Centricity Business 5.0 to help hospitals, academic medical centers and large practices prepare for the ICD-10 transition and other revenue cycle challenges. Built on a foundation of best metrics, interoperability and versatility, this newest version of GE Healthcare’s revenue cycle management solution helps improve profitability and efficiency by streamlining administrative tasks, accelerating revenue collection, enabling connectivity with any EMR and improving patient access.

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Next-generation Revenue Cycle Management Solution Combines Best Metrics, Interoperability and Versatility

BARRINGTON, Ill. – Aug 22, 2011 – GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, today launched Centricity* Business 5.0, the next-generation revenue cycle management solution for hospital networks, academic medical centers, large practices and physician billing groups.  As healthcare organizations continue to face surging costs combined with the challenges of ICD-10 and healthcare reform, Centricity Business 5.0 helps enterprises achieve greater profitability and efficiency by streamlining administrative tasks from front desk to billing office, and accelerating revenue collection from payers to providers.

“Healthcare providers need to find new ways of managing the process and payment of patient care,” said Nancy Fabozzi, Senior Industry Analyst, Healthcare, Frost & Sullivan. “With continued financial pressures, industry shift to ICD-10, and emerging healthcare reform driving lower reimbursement levels, revenue cycle management solutions continue to be a critical investment for hospitals, physician practices, and integrated delivery networks. In preparing for transformational health system change, providers will increasingly seek vendor partners who offer robust and flexible revenue cycle management solutions that are versatile and deliver proven metrics such as lower A/R days and high collection rates in order to drive efficiency and profitability.”

Announced today at the Centricity Business National Users’ Conference in Boston, Centricity Business 5.0 is a new release that builds upon the solution’s core foundation of best metrics, versatility, and interoperability. Used by hundreds of leading healthcare organizations – including 75% of those in the July 18, 2011 US News & World Report  “2011-12 Best Hospitals Honor Roll” (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-hospitals/articles/2011/07/18/best-hospitals-2011-12-the-honor-roll) – Centricity Business meets emerging industry needs with a highly flexible architecture, can help improve margins by lowering A/R days, and can help enhance patient care by seamlessly connecting with any EMR.

“The versatility of Centricity Business allows us to drive real-time clinical and financial interoperability between Centricity Business and our EMR system for a seamless patient experience,” said Chuck Podesta, Chief Information Officer, Fletcher Allen Health Care.  “Centricity Business supports our hospital system’s revenue cycle automation strategy with low touch billing capabilities, and is a key part of our readiness for the ICD-10 transition. GE Healthcare has put a lot of resources into enhancing Centricity Business, and we’re looking forward to implementing the latest version.”

Armed with 206 new features, Centricity 5.0 supports customers in five key areas:

  • Low touch billing – Improves ability to meet risks of growing self-pay patient population by reducing human touch across the patient access and revenue cycle processes
  • Clinical connectivity – Drives real-time clinical and financial interoperability through tighter, closed-loop connectivity between Centricity Business and any EMR
  • Regulatory compliance – Provides organizations with native ICD-10 support two years ahead of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ compliance date of October 1, 2013
  • Better patient access – Streamlines enterprise-wide patient scheduling
  • Lower total cost of ownership – Reduces cost to implement, support, and maintain Centricity Business through virtualization

“Healthcare customers are struggling to deploy infrastructures that have the interoperability and flexibility they need without dramatically increasing the complexity of the environment,” said Hugh A. Rivers, Sr. Director, US Solution and Partner Sales, Health and Life Sciences, HP. “Using GE’s Centricity Business 5.0 with HP Converged Infrastructure, customers can address these needs through enhanced interoperability between any EMR system and Centricity Business’s open standards-based architecture.”

“Centricity Business 5.0 is extraordinarily versatile, building on 40 years of proven revenue cycle management experience which enables our customers to stay well ahead of emerging healthcare reform needs,” said Mike Friguletto, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT.  “With technology that seamlessly connects clinical and financial information, supports the needs of ICD-10, and delivers top cash performance, Centricity Business 5.0 allows organizations to maximize their IT investment, support profitability, and dramatically shorten the appointment to payment cycle.“

To learn more about Centricity Business, visit www.gehealthcare.com/centricitybusiness.

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

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.

August 22, 2011 I Written By

GE Healthcare Launches Centricity Advance – Mobile

New Apple iPad Application Frees Doctors from Their Desktops, Allows Wireless Access to Centricity Advance

GE Healthcare today announced the release of Centricity* Advance – Mobile, a native Apple iPad® application, designed for primary care physicians in small practices. With Centricity Advance – Mobile, clinicians utilizing GE Healthcare’s Centricity Advance, a complete web-based EMR and practice management system, won’t be tethered to their desktops.  As Centricity Advance customers, they can walk with their iPad® wherever they like while continuing to interact with the patient and the patient record.

Centricity Advance – Mobile phases out cumbersome paper note-taking when physicians are away from their computers, allowing them to enter information in a way to which they’re accustomed.  It also provides true anytime, anywhere access to the information they need, formatted for the device they’re viewing it on. Centricity Advance – Mobile unleashes the power of mobility and turns the iPad into a fully untethered digital “notepad” that the clinician can use when completing summary notes.

“This is the missing piece,” said Dr. Medhavi Jogi, Houston Endocrinologist and Centricity Advance – Mobile user.  “Now I can use my iPad exactly as I’d use a notepad and I don’t miss a single point of communication with the patient.  Better still, it eliminates the perceived barrier that some patients feel when I’m sitting at a computer entering data. It’s a much more natural form of interaction.”

Centricity Advance – Mobile frees clinicians from cords and breaks down perceived communication barriers around EMR.  The mobile application enables immediate response to patient requests, such as prescription refills and emailed questions, and allows a physician to attend to tasks even when away from the office. In addition, physicians can now use their iPad to order, digitally sign and route a new prescription to a pharmacy.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our Centricity Advance users a new medium for interacting with the patient record and the patient, representing the true value of healthcare IT,” said Mike Friguletto, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT’s Clinical Business Solutions.

Centricity Advance – Mobile is an extension of GE’s Centricity Advance platform.  A web-based offering, Centricity Advance is an EMR, Practice Management, and Patient Portal solution specifically designed for medical practices with 10 or fewer physicians.  Centricity Advance helps practices at every point of EMR implementation and use,  including: going paperless, lowering setup and implementation costs, system training, creating custom workflow templates, and providing a highly usable, HHS-certified EMR that is positioned to help them achieve meaningful use.

Centricity Advance and the Centricity Advance – Mobile iPad application are available today.  Customers can download Centricity Advance – Mobile by searching for “Centricity” at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/storeFront  For more information visit gehealthcare.com/centricityadvance or call 1-877-208-8424.

*Centricity is a Registered Trademark of General Electric Company.

® iPad is a Registered Trademark of Apple Inc.

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.

August 11, 2011 I Written By

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