Centricity Practice Solution

Centricity Practice Solution

4 / 5 132 reviews

Average Ratings

132 reviews
  • 4 / 5
  • 3.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 3.5 / 5
    Customer Service
  • 4 / 5
  • 3.5 / 5
    Value for Money

Product Details

  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
  • Training
    In Person
    Live Online
  • Support
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • GE Healthcare
  • http://www.gehealthcare.com

About This Software

Includes EMR and practice management modules that may be used independently. Provides scheduling, denial management, financial dashboard, and more.

  • Claims Management
  • E-Prescribing
  • EMR / EHR
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Insurance Eligibility Verification
  • Inventory Management
  • Multi-Office
  • Multi-Physician
  • Patient Billing
  • Patient Portal
  • Patient Records
  • Patient Registration
  • Patient Scheduling
  • Physician Scheduling

Centricity Practice Solution Latest Reviews

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Long time user

4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been using the product from the days it wasn't owned by GE - it was Medicalogic. When we purchased the original product - you got all features in one price - if you choose not to use that was your choice. Once it was purchased by GE it shifted to a base product plus - so if you want the plus (and you need the plus to meet meaningful use) you will pay for it in initial license fees plus additional support fees. Although we have met meaningful use - the level of day to day satisfaction by our end users is not what it was years ago, part due to the meaningful use requirements (not GE's fault) but part to system being slower - one with more keystrokes required and other you need fast hardware to help keep it responsive. You will need to add some 3rd party apps now for what in our opinion in today's world should be part of the core software. Things such as appointment reminders, portal, secure messaging, and scanning documents are examples where you need to buy 3rd party software - some supported through GE - some not.
When we compare GE to our local hospital's system GE is designed for physician practice and GE is a better product. In my estimation meaningful use consumed lots of GE resources and it would be nice to see them catch up on overall functionality of the products.

Pros: Overall system is intuitive to the end user. Its use of some 3rd party applications blend in well with the product and end user most times will not know that a 3rd party application is being used. Customer Support is usually very quick and competent.
Our interfaces with labs have been very reliable. Interfaces with the hospital software has been very reliable from GE's perspective - when we have had issues they are created from the hospital side of the interface.
We have used the system 16 years now and it is core part to our patient flow and information flow and overall up time has been very good, when we have had up time issues it has been something on our side not GE's.

Cons: Each time there is a new function added to the program, that in my opinion should be a base function, there is usually a cost associated with it both with software license cost, added software support cost, and additional hardware resources. It appears to us the most recent new features involves 3rd party software that then also requires additional hardware resources (virtual servcers) and set up. If there is a bug in the system you have to wait for the next patch to come out to fix it, we as an end user have to figure out the work around of those bugs - there is no proactive communication of "known issues and the work arounds".
For a small office training through GE is expensive. In the days of webinars and youtube videos which provides convenient training that can be accessed at any time - to get training through GE it will be an add on to your purchase price. Even voluntary training classes are held in regional sites across the country with a pricetag associated with those. I expect that a technology company would understand the up to date training is essential for optimal use of its product and optimal satisfaction and would use technology to meet those goals and not try to use training as a revenue producer. If there is free training they haven't made us aware of it.
GE's rollout of their new Northstar product required travel to regional locations with end user having a cost of time and travel. For a technology company to use old methods to roll out new technology is disappointing.

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Antiquated, poorly implemented, poorly thought out enterprise EHR

1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1.5 / 5
Customer Support
Value for Money

Pros: EMR allows access to medical records remotely; works with larger practices/academic practices; works with GE's scheduling software; the basic functionality is there, including integration with pharmacies, multiple outside laboratories, and radiology centers. This is the kind of EHR that has all the capabilities you would need for a large practice or academic center. Sadly, it is antiquated, poorly implemented, and very difficult to use on a day-to-day basis

Cons: We are still running Centricity 9.8, so some of the criticisms may not apply to the 10.0 product. There is so much wrong here that I cannot possibly list everything. Suffice it to say, it is surprising to me that anyone could sell this kind of software in the modern era. No other business but medicine would even consider it. I used Epicare 7 years ago; it was by no means perfect, but it was far, far more user-friendly than the Centricity of today. This is a system that has all the capabilities you would need in an enterprise EHR for a large practice or academic medical center, but fails miserably when it comes to usability and efficiency. It fails to the point that I am surprised that anyone would be able to successfully market such a terrible product in 2015: 1. Clunky, antiquated, mid-1990s era software in both look and feel. If you have a hankering to drift back to the halcyon days of Netscape 1.0, this one's for you. If you want something that feels like modern software and actually plays well with Windows 7 and beyond, look elsewhere. 2. Slow server speeds. Nothing else is slow on the computer, just Centricity. IT tells me it's the Centricity server. Quite frankly, I don't care why it's slow. I'm a user. I have a busy clinic. I just want the program to be snappy. Given Centricity's persistence in producing mid-1990s code, this thing should hum like a Ferrari. They replaced our 7-year-old computers in the clinic recently. Our web browsing speed is now lightning fast. Microsoft Office now pops up much faster. Ah, but Centricity - still plodding at the same slow pace. 3. Cannot open multiple windows (Hello! Microsoft solved this problem for consumers with Windows 3.1 in 1992). This is unconscionable in 2015. Who writes software like this anymore? 4. Home screens are fixed and not user configurable. I have more control over my Yahoo! home page than I have with my Centricity home page (and I don't have to pay anything for the Yahoo! home page). 4. Font size in Centricity 9.8 is still fixed at 8 point and does not expand when you expand the window. 13" laptop, 24" terminal, IMAX Theater - the font size is still the same size. This would be great if teenagers were working on the EMR, but for those of us approaching middle age, it means investing in a pair of reading glasses or finally getting those progressive lenses. Once again, low-level stuff that makes a program easy to used, again ignored. 5. No real-time spell check. Really. I cannot say how ridiculous this is, when my web browser can spell check as I type. 6. Poorly organized/Poorly implemented:
-->There are buttons on buttons and checkboxes on checkboxes. This software looks pieced together since GE bought out Logician, and instead of ever rethinking, they just added a dizzying array of more and more stuff
-->Tiny, tiny boxes to type history and other information into that cannot expand
-->2000 character limit within the boxes (hard to believe that this is even an issue in 2015) leads to the need for multiple tabs for histories and character limits for the assessment/plan means very terse language, as there's no way to expand this. This is probably okay for most surgical practices, but for the complex, medical patient this is a death knell for this software.
-->The Centricity programmers like to make you type text into boxes. Apparently, the smaller the box is, the better. The largest windows can be found on the supplementary tabs for the HPI. The rest are small, smaller, and smallest, without regard to what you might have to/want to type.
-->Flow is unacceptably horrible when typing in notes: you have to type section by section within the tombstone, slab window that pops up. The window is 8" x 8 3/4 inches, and just like the font is not resizable. (No need to invest in a large monitor; the slab and its text never change in size.) What's even better is that depending on the tab, the tombstone is cut up into even smaller sections, filled with more tabs, rows of buttons, a variety of check boxes, and often very tiny windows that you could type into, that is, assuming you can see them. In most cases, you cannot write directly within the flowing text of the note. You must flip section-by-section within the tombstone to input any information (e.g. HPI, PMH, FH/SH etc.); there's no way to open a second window or split the screen to refer back to another part of the note. (Earth to Centricity programmers: why do you force us to type within a small window? How about flowing text with no character limits and resizable fonts that can be broken up into sections that are potentially collapsible with a click. Just saying.)
-->The user can't customize their own flow sheets, notes, letters, etc. All this has to go through IT. There is no way to make a temporary, personal, customizable flow sheet on the fly either. Most EHRs allow this.
-->'Quick Text' allows you to make customizable text shortcuts. Of course, you can't do this on the fly, while writing a note (which is when I think of these things in the first place). Of course, the quick texts have a character limit of 512 (ugh!), and you have to type into a box the size of a postage stamp, where you can't even view the entire Quick Text if it exceeds 40 characters.
-->You cannot look at the labs and type your assessment and plan at the same time. This is a deal breaker for any specialty that relies on laboratory data when making clinical decisions. To view the lab data, you have to close the type-in tombstone window, click open the flow sheet or documents section. If in the document section, you must click on the document to view, then close it, click back to the update section, click on the part of the chart you want to go to. If you are viewing problems, you can click on the problem you desire to work on, but it always defaults to the screen for problem #1 and #2 so if you're working on problem #3 or beyond, it's yet another click. It takes at minimum of 4-5 clicks per reference back to a lab and 6-7 clicks if you are looking at a study, depending on which number problem you are working on. I end up opening and closing the note tombstone so many times during note writing it's almost seizure inducing.
-->Scanned documents store as PDFs and the proprietary viewer is slow to pop up and makes it difficult to scroll through the PDFs quickly. This module is poorly implemented
-->The printed notes are unchangeable and unformattable. They come chock full of plenty of useless fodder that make the note unengaging when read on the screen and often several pages long when one or two would do.
And there's much, much more. I just don't have the time.