General Electric, an industry leader in the adoption of mobile technology, demonstrated the extension of its healthcare IT portfolio to mobile devices and tablet computing at this week’s Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Orlando. The company featured remote access to its portfolio of electronic medical records (EMRs) for physician practices, including Centricity* Advance and Centricity Practice Solution, on the Apple® iPad and iPhone®.
Across its business, GE Healthcare is focused on shifting the architecture of its proven software solutions to web technologies, which lighten the application footprint and bring clinicians the benefits of anytime, anywhere access to critical patient data. Today, Centricity Advance and Centricity Practice Solution EMR customers are using a range of mobile devices with Internet access to view patient medical records such as history, medication and problem lists, and allergies, helping them reduce potential medical errors and take care of urgent patient questions quickly, even in the evening or on weekends.
“GE has some of the best technologies in the world, and now we have the mobile platforms to help customers do even better things with our EMR solutions,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We can make something easy to use, but the back end can be extremely powerful. The possibilities for rolling out iPad applications to the physician community are truly exciting, and we’re pleased to preview those solutions at HIMSS.”
At HIMSS, GE Healthcare is demonstrating the iPad applications it plans to roll out this year. These native iPad app versions of Centricity Advance and Centricity Practice Solution will take full advantage of the mobile device’s capabilities, easing the flow of information and adding features such as flicking through the application and zooming in on areas of the screen. The company also launched a limited-time promotion, offering a free iPad to physicians who purchase Centricity Advance before March 31, 2011**. These customers will have immediate access to the Centricity Advance iPad EMR application when it is available, at no additional charge.
“By accessing Centricity Advance on the iPad, providers are able to view the most important patient information and enter clinical notes from the patient appointment room, from home, on the road – wherever makes the most sense and is most convenient,” said Chittaranjan Mallepeddi, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare’s Centricity Advance business. “Not only are we leading the industry in mobile application development, but we’re making the technology more accessible to physicians looking to adopt an EMR now, with the inclusion of a free iPad for new customers.”
Centricity Advance and Centricity Practice Solution are part of GE Healthcare’s portfolio of integrated EMR, practice management and patient portal solutions for physicians. In a separate announcement at HIMSS11, GE Healthcare announced the launch of Centricity Practice Solution version 10, which features integrated quality reporting dashboards that are included in the mobile access offering.
Centricity Advance is a web-based EMR solution, built as a true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud computing platform to make the solution affordable, easy to use and flexible to meet the needs of growing physician practices. For more information on the Centricity Advance iPad promotion, visit gehealthcare.com/iPadPromo.
GE Healthcare is also showing Centricity Imaging Mobile Access for PACS, which will help to enhance patient care by providing true “anywhere, anytime” un-tethered access enabling Centricity PACS users to pull images and reports from an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The application for this solution is currently 510(k) pending at FDA.
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** Each subscribing provider at a new Centricity Advance practice that subscribes to Centricity Advance for one year as of 2/1/2011 and through 3/31/2011 will receive an iPad as a hardware option on which to access the Centricity Advance software. iPad(s) will be noted on proposals/invoices at 100% discount, and will be delivered upon software delivery. Customer is responsible for data connection costs for the iPad. The discount is intended to comply with the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, 42 U.S.C. §1320a-7b(b). Customer must report discount in any applicable cost reports or otherwise fully disclose to government program payors and in compliance with applicable laws provide information upon request by federal or state agencies concerning product, services and discounts received from GE Healthcare. Purchase must be signed by 3/31 to qualify.