GE Healthcare Announces Centricity Practice Solution 11

  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

Business Wire

BARRINGTON, Ill. -- January 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.”

To view a video overview of Centricity Practice Solution 11, visit
http://youtu.be/ifiKR_1SfB8

*Registered trademark of General Electric Corp.

About GE Healthcare

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are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging
and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems,
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partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change
necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

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Media Contact
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Corey Miller
414.469.5499
corey.miller@ge.com
 
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