GE Healthcare IT’s Centricity® Enterprise is CCHIT Certified

BARRINGTON– GE Healthcare IT’s Centricity® Enterprise Version 6.0 is CCHIT Certified®,announced The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®).GE’s Centricity meets the Commission’s inpatient electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2007. Inpatient EHRs are designed for use in acute care hospitals. The Commission – an independent, nonprofit organization – is the recognized body in the United States for certifying health information technology products.

In addition to meeting foundation standards such as security, inpatient software products are examined for computerized physician order entry (often called CPOE) and electronic medication administration capabilities (often called eMAR), including related clinical decision support prior to certification.

As a CCHIT Certified product, Centricity Enterprise has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for CPOE and eMAR. The Commission focused certification testing on these areas first because they have the lowest rate of adoption in hospitals but are thought to offer the highest value for improvement of care.

“The thorough inspection process ensures that certified products have demonstrated their ability to have a positive impact on the quality and safety of patient care,” said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Commission. “I’d like to congratulate the certified product companies, who now represent the leading edge in advanced EHR products for the inpatient setting.”

The CCHIT Certified mark — a “seal of approval” for EHR products — provides the first consensus-based, government-recognized benchmark for inpatient EHR products. This announcement marks full certification on Centricity Enterprise’s inpatient solution and conditional certification on its ambulatory solution, timed with the first customer installation of Centricity Enterprise’s new ambulatory functionality. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, acute care providers can reduce their risk in selecting EHR products for CPOE and eMAR.

“CCHIT’s certification of Centricity Enterprise represents our consistent push for quality, innovation and industry achievement. As Centricity Enterprise continues to evolve to meet the future needs of our customers, we’ll continue to push product excellence as a solution to meet the diversified needs of our customer base,” said Laurent Rotival, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT.

CCHIT’s inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of a middle-aged man admitted through the emergency department after sustaining fractures in an automobile accident. The script tests the ability of the EHR to provide clinical decision support during the ordering and administration of medications, and to track whether laboratory and radiology orders have been entered and received.

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 and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people 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.

ABOUT CCHIT:

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been named by the federal government as the Recognized Certification Body for health information technology. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified® products is available at www.cchit.org.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

Courtesy-Businesswire.