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

Sharon Carpinello

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, “[Centricity Perinatal] 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, RN at the Women’s Center at Baylor Medical Center of Frisco, says that Centricity Perinatal has helped to vastly improve the care they provide for their patients.

“You can see the mother’s information when you’re in the baby’s chart,” Vest said. “This helps the pediatricians a lot, as they don’t have to go back and look somewhere else [for the information they need, which] overall helps improve care for both patients.”


Vital data that nurses and doctors need is available on one screen, in one system.

What’s more, information is no longer static for those who use Centricity Perinatal. The system automatically shares data between all Centricity Perinatal-connected devices, and it even supports remote access to make data available to doctors outside of the hospital, removing the need for data re-entry and helping reduce the risk for human error.

“The vital data that we can share between nurses and physicians, like time of birth and weight, can reach the physician within his documentation,” Vest explained. “The doctor doesn’t have to re-document all of the information, and he [spends more time] reviewing it, which ensures the quality of the data. If something was documented incorrectly, the doctor is able to catch it.”

Interconnected devices and documentation help save time and, in the long run, lives. David Hale, the head of GE Healthcare’s software portfolio, said, “The impact of Centricity Perinatal goes way beyond mere clicks and data. Our continual improvements have helped nurses provide an overall improved delivery experience for mothers – 50 million babies and beyond.”



1, 2 Estimate based on U.S. birth rate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Retrieved November 28, 2016, from and applicable customer data.

3 Fetzer, M. (2014, May 21). Surprising statistics about babies born in the U.S. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from

4 Results are unique to Samaritan Healthcare and do not offer any guarantees.

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