GE Centricity Radiology app receives FDA nod

By Chris Gullo
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GEGE Healthcare's Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 app received FDA (510k) clearance this week, the company announced in a press release. The mobile imaging application is a free download for Apple iOS devices and is cleared for remote viewing of computed tomography and magnetic resonance exams.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 accesses images and reports from the Centricity PACS (picture archiving and communication system) platform remotely, with no data downloaded to the phone. The company says that one in five radiology exams in the US is stored on its Centricity platform. The first mobile radiology app to receive FDA clearance, Mobile MIM, was cleared in February of this year. The FDA cleared Calgary Scientific's ResolutionMD app earlier this month.

“This application and its diagnostic clearance provide further validation of our continued investment in our Centricity PACS platform,” stated Don Woodlock, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT, in a press release. “As a native application for the Apple iOS and Android operating systems, Centricity Radiology Mobile Access requires very little training and, we believe, provides a more productive user experience versus an emulated Windows application that was designed to be driven by a mouse.”

UPDATE: A GE Healthcare representative has informed MobiHealthNews that while Woodlock mentioned an Android native app in the quote above, GE Healthcare’s Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 app is available and FDA (510k) cleared for diagnostic use on the Apple iPad and iPhone only. There is an Android app available, but it is not cleared for diagnostic use by the FDA and is actually an earlier version of the app.

GE released its Centricity Advance Mobile this summer, an iPad EMR app designed for primary care physicians in small practices. That app is an extension of GE Healthcare’s web-based Centricity Advance EMR offering, which focuses on practices with less than ten physicians.

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Read the GE radiology app press release below.

PRESS RELEASE -- GE Healthcare demonstrated new capabilities for its Centricity* Radiology Mobile Access platform today at RSNA 2011, enabling radiologists to use their iPad® and iPhone® devices to remotely diagnose select patient images from Centricity PACS.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 is the industry’s only mobile product with clearance for primary diagnosis that accesses images and reports from Centricity PACS. This new mode of access removes a sizable productivity barrier for an increasingly mobile field.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 demonstrates GE Healthcare’s leadership position in the field of mobile health and portability, while safeguarding patient privacy by not downloading any personal data to the client device. It also provides access to past exams with the speed and precision Centricity PACS users have come to count on.

“This application and its diagnostic clearance provide further validation of our continued investment in our Centricity PACS platform,” said Don Woodlock, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “As a native application for the Apple iOS and Android operating systems, Centricity Radiology Mobile Access requires very little training and, we believe, provides a more productive user experience versus an emulated Windows application that was designed to be driven by a mouse. Today, Centricity PACS stores one in five exams in the US. These advanced wireless capabilities will only expand its utility.”

The diagnostic clearance for Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 is limited to computed tomography and magnetic resonance exams on an iPad or iPhone when not in proximity to a PACS workstation.

GE Healthcare at RSNA 2011

Each year in Chicago, the conference of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) provides a forum for showcasing the latest innovations in medical imaging. If you are attending the conference, please visit GE Healthcare at McCormick Place South Hall, Booth 3335. Throughout the week of the event, GE Healthcare will distribute news and information using these digital platforms:

· Digital press kit: http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com/press-kits/ge-healthcare-at-rsna-2011/

· Twitter: Follow @GEHealthcare and our hashtag #GERSNA

· YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/gehealthcare

· Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/people/gehealthcare/

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

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