GE admits errors in EHR reporting functionality

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In a letter to customers of its Centricity medical informatics system, General Electric (GE) stated that clients should postpone attestation for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use federal financial incentives because of errors in how the clinical informatics system reports data.

According to the letter, GE assured its customers that it is working to correct the problem with the Crystal Reports or Medical Quality Improvement Consortium reporting tools by the end of November. This delay may affect the eligibility of healthcare organizations using GE’s medical informatics technology for meaningful use payments.

“If you have already attested in 2011, we recommend that you run the reports again for your particular attestation period after we provide the updates,” the letter read, as quoted by Information Week. “If your results are different from those used for attestation, you may need to evaluate if you have still cleared all applicable meaningful use thresholds for the original period or would meet the thresholds for all applicable measures (not only those that may have changed in the initial reporting period) for a later reporting period in 2011.”

The Centricity medical informatics solution offered by GE has been certified as compliant with Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health regulations, and has also been approved for meaningful use attestation by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

The announcement follows reports by EMR Daily News that adoption of clinical informatics systems is increasing. According to the news source, healthcare organizations with more than 26 physicians are 75 percent more likely to use some kind of clinical informatics technology than smaller practices. Overall, more than 40 percent of healthcare facilities across the U.S. have implemented a medical informatics system.