GE’s Vendor Neutral Archive Unveiled

Earlier this month, GE launched its Centricity Clinical Archive, which is a scalable and redundant IT solution, at the eHealth Initiative, EHI Live 2012 annual meeting. According to GE’s press release, the Centricity Clinical Archive consists of a suite of products and services designed to provide an end-to-end solution for healthcare facilities when it comes to streamlining enterprise-level and community-wide collaboration with IHE-XDS, HL7 and DICOM standards, creating a solid and robust EMR patient record for a seamless image exchange that links all of that patient’s data together even though the information was stored and initiated through multiple vendors. GE’s Centricity Clinical Archive gives the facility an “all” solution planning, implementation, service and management team for what GE calls a “3600 Go-Live Experience,” offering unified patient images and documents across the healthcare network through a single team of IT experts. This type of solution may increase overall efficiency, define better workflow and have clinicians making more informed decisions about their patients that lead to better patient outcomes. In essence, Centricity Clinical Archive offers the end-user a healthcare IT solution with a multi-site, multi-vendor neutral archive, providing more clinical data to more healthcare providers.

With this solution, the healthcare provider has all of the patient’s data at point-of-care. Centricity Clinical Archive eliminates the need for the provider to navigate through multiple IT systems and solutions through multiple sites and multiple-equipment (hardware such as workstations) where these solutions never really communicated or integrated well. This solution enables consolidation of IT infrastructure for archiving and managing unstructured medical content (images, reports, documents, etc.) using today’s industry standards (DICOM, IHE-XDS, HL7) where the healthcare provider has immediate access to the patient’s EMR anytime/anywhere. A master patient index links each patient record across the network. A messaging interface engine combines workflow solutions, such as HIS, LIS and RIS, to update the information repository where the information remains consistent across all IT systems. The IT project manager has options for saving the information to a data center as well as disaster recovery via cloud storage and other options.

GE’s final piece to the Centricity Clinical Archive are services with offerings for consulting in order to provide long term solutions and direction for data management and sharing strategies; implementation to help with interfacing/integrating presently installed legacy solutions from a variety of vendors into a central archive; data migration services (One Time services) to linking this historical data to the central archive and professional services for deployment and implementation to ensure the project timeline and overall goals are met.

From the press release,

There is a lot of buzz out there about Vendor Neutral Archives,” said Mike Jackman, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “At GE Healthcare IT, we define it as a 4 level model for medical information management, which helps connect and share information across multiple departments, specialties, locations and vendors, through a breadth of interoperability standards. GE’s VNA solution, Centricity Clinical Archive, is the key to enable this effective collaboration bringing benefits across the organization to the IT departments, the physician and ultimately the patient.

Loretta Loncoske, BS, R.T. (R)
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Loretta Loncoske, BS, R.T. (R), Clinical Analyst — Ms. Loncoske joined MD Buyline in 1991 with over 30 years of clinical experience in the high-end radiology modalities of MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, PET and interventional radiology. She received her degree in business management from the University of Maryland and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, receiving a Bachelor of Science in business administration and computer science. She is a Registered Radiologic Technologist and member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.