GE Healthcare IT today announced that East Orange General Hospital (East Orange, N.J.) is live with GE’s Centricity Enterprise EMR and working toward Stage 1 Meaningful Use certification. The community hospital implemented the EMR in order to improve patient safety, help with quality reporting and increase clinician efficiencies.
Just a few years ago East Orange was at a crossroads, struggling to stay open amid market forces that led four nearby hospitals to close in the last six years. The hospital was losing money and had anticipated closing due to unprofitability. As a direct result of funding provided by the HITECH act of the federal stimulus bill, EOGH was able to invest in healthcare IT and re-double efforts to serve its community.
According to East Orange CEO Kevin Slavin, the EMR will position the hospital for future success by improving patient safety, streamlining clinician workflows and reducing medical errors.
Community Hospital Plans to Use System for Meaningful Use Attestation
EAST ORANGE, N.J. – July 26, 2011 – The 211-bed East Orange General Hospital is now live on GE Centricity* Enterprise 6.6, an integrated clinical, financial and administrative solution. East Orange General Hospital is a premier urban hospital that has taken on increasing significance as neighboring communities have suffered the loss of their hospitals and more face financial difficulties in the region.
“We have an unwavering commitment to serving the vast healthcare needs of our community,” said East Orange CEO Kevin Slavin. “For a community hospital like ours, having a robust, integrated EMR solution like Centricity Enterprise 6.6 will undoubtedly help us to better manage quality improvement in a tough financial climate. In addition, meeting Stage 1 of Meaningful Use is a significant milestone that we will be proud to achieve in 2011.”
GE Centricity Enterprise is an integrated clinical, financial and administrative solution targeting large hospital systems. At East Orange General Hospital, the staff believes the system can enhance patient safety by reducing manual entry of medications and other critically important clinical details. Providing information at the clinicians’ fingertips will reduce the time spent searching for data and help increase efficiency.
“We are proud to work with the dedicated staff of East Orange as they strive to provide the best possible patient care and continually raise the bar on patient safety, quality of care and financial performance,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT, Americas. “With the technology infrastructure in place to achieve Meaningful Use, we are confident that East Orange will continue providing the excellence they offer to the community at every possible facet of care.”
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ABOUT EAST ORANGE GENERAL HOSPITAL:
East Orange General Hospital is East Orange’s largest private employer and Essex County’s only independent, fully accredited, acute-care hospital. Serving the community for over a century, East Orange General Hospital recently expanded its services and is continually adding new equipment and programs to provide the highest level of quality and compassionate patient care. Specialty areas include: Same Day Surgery, Physical Rehabilitation Services, Behavioral Health, Family Health, Emergency Medicine, Outpatient Hemodialysis, Hyperbaric/Wound Management, Vascular and Medical/Surgical Services. For more information, please visit http://www.evh.org/.