GE Healthcare is testing new interoperability features in its Centricity EMR application to follow patients at various health care settings.
Healthcare has announced that it has opened up the architecture of its
Centricity EHR (electronic medical record) software to allow physicians at
various stages of care-whether it's a primary care physician, an assisted
living facility or a specialist-to share information using the same EHR
product, whether it's by GE or another vendor.
early 2011, GE will start testing the interoperability of Centricity
at Capital Region Healthcare, in Concord, N.H.,
and Decatur Memorial
Hospital, in Decatur,
Ill. The expanded sharing functionality
will be available commercially later next year.
July, GE introduced Centricity Enterprise 6.9, which features these
providers would need to use separate EHR applications for each health care
environment, according to Jim Corrigan, vice president and general manager of
GE Healthcare IT. Unlike other industries such as retail banking or financial
services, health care tends to keep information in "silos," which
complicates information sharing, Corrigan told eWEEK.
order for information for that patient to be shared, health care IT vendors
have required delivery networks to rip out the existing health care IT product
that they have and put in that company's product," he explained.
is able to extract discrete data for allergies or various medications into the
EHR. "The information-our allergies, our demographics, our family history,
some of our dental information-needs to move at the speed of the patient
through the delivery system," Corrigan said.
GE, the focus is interoperable connectivity to multiple health care
environments using the same software application, according to Corrigan.
noted that previously a McKesson
EHR product in a hospital might be replaced by a GE EHR in a doctor's office
rather than being able to use the same application in all health care
our customers no longer have to make that choice to achieve connectivity,"