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GE Customers Recognized as Innovators at Annual Conference - Continuum Health partners, USF Health, Northridge Hospital named Winners of Annual Awards (NYSE: GE) -
GE Customers Recognized as Innovators at Annual Conference


PRZOOM - /newswire/ - Barrington, IL, United States, 2011/09/22 - Continuum Health partners, USF Health, Northridge Hospital named Winners of Annual Awards (NYSE: GE) - NYSE: GE

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At the annual meeting of the Centricity* Perioperative National Users’ Group, GE Healthcare announced Continuum Health Partners (New York City), University of South Florida Health (Tampa, Fla.) and Northridge Hospital Medical Center (Northridge, Calif.) as the winners of its 2011 Customer Innovation Awards. The awards, which recognize customers using GE’s perioperative tools to impact health outcomes or internal revenue streams in unique ways, are an annual tradition for the group.

Continuum Health Partners received financial outcomes recognition for improving revenue core measures in a multi-site organization. Using Centricity Perioperative, reimbursement turnover time decreased by 3 days, revenue loss due to missing charges decreased by millions of dollars, and ancillary log errors dropped by 95%. Continuum formed in 1997 as a partnership of three New York-based institutions, Beth Israel Medical Center, Roosevelt Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital. Today, the hospitals deliver care with more than 3,100 beds throughout seven major facilities in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Westchester County.

USF Health won the clinical outcomes prize for improving the preadmission testing process to Increase patient and staff satisfaction. By using Centricity Perioperative, along with a patient-focused web-based questionnaire, USF Health greatly decreased the number of hours nursing staff spent interviewing patients for pre-admission testing, increased the workflow efficiency of the anesthesiologists on review of pre-admission testing results, and provided patients with more online options to allow them to perform their healthcare related tasks at their own convenience. The University of South Florida founded USF Health as the USF Medical Center in 1965 but changed its name to reflect a collaborative focus on the full spectrum of health.

The operational outcomes honor went to Northridge Hospital Medical Center for its use of Centricity Perioperative to improve inventory control while maintaining and monitoring par levels. By using the picklist and consumption interfaces in Centricity Perioperative in conjunction with Centricity Clinical Gateway software, Northridge Hospital Medical Center was able to decrement the inventory items when cases were picked. This was made possible by having nurses in the OR follow the documentation in the consumption screen of Centricity Perioperative. Northridge Hospital Medical Center is a 411-bed not-for-profit hospital, serving California’s valley region for 55 years.

GE Healthcare named University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville, Tenn.), University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and AnMed Health Medical Center (Anderson, S.C.) as 2011 award runners up in the categories of financial, clinical and operational outcomes, respectively.

“These customers represent the best of the best,” said Jim Corrigan, Senior Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “Their stories are remarkable and we’re proud our product is such a central part of each of their workflows. We look forward to working with each of them to continue innovating alongside their successes.”

Centricity Perioperative, a comprehensive clinical and business solution, provides a bridge to support patient centric workflow by creating a link to patient information shared by clinicians and anesthesiologists. Making synchronized nursing and anesthesia information available at all points of the care cycle, it enables clinicians to make key clinical decisions and document each step more accurately and efficiently. Interfacing with the hospital’s clinical information system enhances enables the provider to enhance patient safety and improves patient data throughput, mitigating historical interoperability challenges between hospital solutions such as allergy and lab data.

*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. Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.

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