Electronic Health Records can help healthcare providers in the delivery and management of care to patients, including those with chronic conditions. The systems can also bolster decision making by providing clinicians with more comprehensive patient data, as well as help eliminate medical errors and reduce costs associated with unnecessary or redundant tests. Health care providers can access real-time clinical information, such as immediate access to test results, which allows them to initiate a
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Products: For doctors' offices: Centricity Electronic Medical Record, Centricity Practice Solution (integrated EMR and practice management), Centricity Advance (integrated Web-based EMR, practice management and patient portal). For hospitals and associated clinics: GE Centricity Enterprise.
The Basics: GE Healthcare's products for doctors' offices work on desktops, laptops or tablets. They can also be accessed via a Web browser on mobile devices including iPad and iPhones. Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR, which can support practices with more than 200 providers, can be hosted by the physicians' practice. Centricity EMR is also available in a hosted model. Centricity Advance, designed for small practices, is built on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The solutions work with Microsoft Windows and SQL Server or Oracle databases. Pricing for the Web-based EMR solution starts at $275 per month per provider.
Centricity Enterprise, for hospitals, can be deployed various ways, depending on the customer's level of internal IT support. A hospital can run Centricity Enterprise from its own data center or as an application service provider (ASP) solution. The product is device independent, so a hospital can use a mix of desktops, notebooks, tablets or other devices. Centricity Enterprise Mobile runs on Windows Mobile. It shares data with external and departmental systems. Pricing for Centricity Enterprise varies depending on the scope of the system.
Value To Doctors: GE Healthcare's EMR solutions are designed to let doctors spend less time tracking down lost charts and calling for lab results, and more time with patients, said the company. They offer an intuitive design and flexible, customizable workflow. The EMRs allow doctors to prescribe electronically and offer electronic notification of renewal requests and alerts about drug interactions and allergies. The systems are designed for secure electronic transactions. GE Healthcare hosts solutions in secure, advanced data centers.
GE Centricity Enterprise comes with tools to customize the content and format of screens and the workflow, improving efficiency and productivity. For example, screens can be pre-populated with patient data. The comprehensive medical record gives all members of the care team the access they need, said GE.