With the announcement of Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) v11 on January 24, 2013, GE Healthcare makes a strong positive statement as they continue to develop and improve one of their core software offerings. CPS v11 is the release that is ICD-10 compliant and GE has done a lot of work to make the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 easy for the physician. GE has added a predictive search engine to the problem section of the system which allows searching by full description, abbreviation or by code and will display both the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes when there is a match. GE has also changed the workflow for problem entry so that the number of clicks needed to add a problem has been reduced from 4 to 1 which will be welcome news to the many physicians who count their clicks. The focus on ease of use for the physician community is the right strategy for gaining the trust of a group of users that is dealing with change due to the various stages of Meaningful Use, among other demands on physician time.
Feedback from GE’s early adopter group indicates that the upgrade to v11 is straightforward from either v9.5 or v10 with no significant issues reported. Some additional work is required for the upgrade from v9.5 but it is more than manageable. This should be welcome news to organizations that have not yet upgraded to v10.
GE CPS clients can now include the upgrade to v11 in their ICD-10 planning and leverage the content to help educate their physicians on the demands of ICD-10. By coming to market with a solution a full 20 months before the ICD-10 deadline, GE gives their clients ample opportunity to effectively manage the process and be ready in advance of the October 1, 2014 deadline.