In late January of this year, GE announced the discontinuation of Centricity Advance, their EMR for small practices. As of June 30, GE will stop support of the web-based software, giving their customers the option to switch to their new practice management program or transition to a whole new EMR and vendor entirely. Physicians opting to seek out other vendors face the complexities of having to convert data from Centricity to new electronic medical record systems.
Bizmatics Sales Rep Anthony Bates feels the apprehension of the transition when he talks to prospective doctors and practice managers over the phone. What GE’s cessation of Centricity support means for customers is that they will have to go with a value-added reseller or find another solution. “If they don’t find a solution,” analyzes Bates, “they’ll be working on an EMR solution that’s not certified or supported – they don’t have a choice.” In their search for a new EMR, Centricity users branch out and find themselves talking to smaller, younger vendors such as Bizmatics. Bates sees it as an excellent opportunity for smaller vendors to prove to customers of the renowned company what they’re worth and gives them the chance to shine.
So, is Bizmatics capable of converting electronic data from Centricity to PrognoCIS? Yes, indeed. With the help of an engineering team on staff, they are able to convert and transfer the data to the new software program. “There’s a one-time conversion fee for GE customers that’s dependent on the amount of data you have,” explains Bates.