Wichita Clinic in Kansas will implement in its 12 multi-specialty facilities the Centricity electronic health records software of GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis.

The practice of 160 physicians covering 40 specialties generates about a half-million patient visits annually. Wichita Clinic has used the Centricity practice management system since 1999.

The clinic is buying the EHR through GE's Stimulus Simplicity financing program. It includes zero percent interest and deferred payments until 2012, which could be after an organization receives its first meaningful use incentive payment.

The financing program and GE's guarantee to obtain timely EHR certification under the new federal program were considerations in the selection process, says John Bissell, director of information technology at Wichita Clinic. More information is available at wichitaclinic.com and gehelathcare.com.

--Joseph Goedert


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