Wichita Clinic Chooses Stimulus Simplicity, GE





With more than 160 doctors covering 40 specialty care areas, Kansas’ largest physician-owned practice is the latest to choose GE Centricity® solutions to help drive patient care enhancements and cost reductions.

Wichita Clinic plans to implement Centricity EMR across all twelve of its locations to help staff manage the half million patient visits the system averages each year. The electronic medical record will complement the Centricity Business practice management solution Wichita has been using across its network of clinics since 1999.

“The Wichita Clinic has long-been a valued customer of ours and we are extremely pleased that they are supplementing their existing portfolio of Centricity solutions,” said Jim Corrigan, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT.

“Clearly, this leading-edge healthcare organization recognized the benefits that working with a single IT vendor could bring to their providers and patient community. GE’s healthymagination commitment to reducing cost, increasing access and improving quality is bringing new focus to the healthcare conversation, and Wichita Clinic’s comprehensive strategy for evolving their use of IT through an expanded relationship with GE embodies this same vision.  Bringing together Wichita Clinic’s existing Centricity revenue cycle management solution with our proven EMR will help them drive additional cost out of their clinic operations while realizing patient care enhancements and workflow efficiencies for their providers.”

Wichita Clinic is participating in GE’s Stimulus Simplicity™ financing program which combines highly attractive financing terms* from GE Capital with a software certification warranty from GE Healthcare**.  GE Capital’s financing offers 0% interest and deferred payments, until 2012, to align with expected reimbursement timeframes* under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The GE Healthcare software certification warranty addresses a key barrier to initial investment in EHR technology by removing much of the risk around the soon to be defined meaningful use guidelines and associated product certification criteria. By pledging to seek achievement of ARRA-focused certification for its eligible products within the Centricity EMR, Centricity Enterprise and Centricity Business suites, GE Healthcare is standing by its customers through a time of uncertainty. Certification is one of the precursors to eligibility for ARRA meaningful use incentives.

“GE’s quality and experience really stood out,” said Wichita Clinic Director of Information Technology John Bissell. “This product will help us achieve our goals of advancing excellence in care for our patients and will also allow us to participate in global Health Information Networks.  Not only do they have proven EMR technology, but GE’s financing program was really attractive, as well. The multi-year deferred payment terms in combination with the certification warranty stood shoulders above what other vendors brought to the table. That’s an incredible offer and GE is one of the few companies in existence possessing the breadth and depth to do it. We’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration with GE, growing our system and reaching our goals of improved patient care through smarter technology.”

About Wichita Clinic:

Wichita Clinic physicians and staff have been providing quality patient care in south-central Kansas since 1948. With over 160 doctors and 40 specialties, Wichita Clinic is the state’s largest physician-owned multi-specialty practice and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Owned and operated by its doctors, Wichita Clinic presently has twelve locations throughout Sedgwick, Harvey, and Butler counties. More than half a million patient visits were made to Wichita Clinic in 2009.

Building on the commitment and vision of our ten founding physicians, we continue to focus on putting the patient first and continuously improving the quality of the services we provide. Each day we renew our commitment to working together for your good health.

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 $16 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 GE Capital:

With over $600 billion in assets, GE Capital offers consumers and businesses around the globe an array of financial products and services. GE Capital is a leader in a number of industries, from airlines, healthcare and energy financing to fleet, franchise and middle market corporate finance. With strong origination capabilities and risk management, GE Capital has deep industry expertise and experience in providing financing solutions for our customers.  For more information about GE Capital, visit our website atwww.gecapital.com and follow-us on Twitter (@GECapitalNews).

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