The Evolution of Care: How Centricity Perinatal Came to Celebrate the Birth of 50 Million Babies¹

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 360,000 babies3 are born every single day. It’s the kind of statistic that can take a moment to truly sink in, but have you ever stopped to think about what contributes to making a number like that a reality? GE Healthcare has, which is why we launched our Centricity™ Perinatal software back in 1992, with the goal of giving obstetrical doctors and nurses the tools they need to deliver the best, most informed care to mothers and their babies.

After decades of continual enhancements and successful implementation, in December, GE Healthcare will celebrate the birth of the 50 millionth baby delivered with the Centricity Perinatal system. While this major milestone could never have been achieved without the stellar work of medical teams worldwide, Centricity Perinatal has played a key role in transforming the way that medical professionals care for mothers and their babies. Centricity Perinatal has helped to streamline data and workflow by putting all mother and fetal data in one place, avoiding up to 285 unnecessary clicks during each delivery – or, up to 32 minutes per delivery at the computer⁴, allowing caregivers to focus more on direct patient care.

It’s even helped simplify the previously time-consuming task of updating a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR). Barb Gibson, a clinical analyst at Baylor Medical Center of Frisco in Frisco, TX, said, ” is so user-friendly that you don’t have to really know a lot to pick it up. Everything just flows.”

Not only does it integrate both documentation and fetal surveillance, but it also continuously keeps vital signs in view so that mother and baby receive the best care possible. Specifically, Centricity Perinatal automatically populates the infant’s record with relevant data from the mother’s pregnancy and delivery. Karen Vest,…

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