GE announces new services to ease EMR adoption

GE Healthcare on Monday announced the launch of Centricity Enterprise Remote Services, which will facilitate the adoption of integrated electronic medical records (EMRs) by mid-size healthcare organizations. The system, which was unveiled during the 2006 Healthcare Financial Management Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., will provide the capabilities of GE Centricity Enterprise (formerly IDX Carecast) on a remotely hosted ASP subscription basis, according to a release.

Hospitals using Centricity Enterprise Remote Services will have access to enterprise-wide clinical and financial applications, without the initial outlay required to purchase hardware and software, and without dedicating resources to implementing, maintaining and upgrading the software. Customers will utilize leading digital healthcare applications such as computerized order processing, nursing and physician documentation and electronic medication administration record (MAR), patient management, accounting, registration and scheduling.

Under the ASP arrangement, the Centricity Enterprise system will run on HP Integrity NonStop servers owned by GE and located at its hosting center in Chicago. GE will be responsible for all technical support of Centricity Enterprise software versions, including installation of new release software and maintenance of the NonStop servers, the company said.