GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wisc, has received conditional Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) approval for its Centricity Practice Solution EHR, version 9.5.

The reason the approval is “conditional” has nothing to do with GE. CCHIT is not an official EHR accrediting body yet, but is waiting for final approval by the Health and Human Services (HHS) department.

In order for facilities to receive stimulus funding for the implementation of EHRs, the EHR product must be HHS certified as providing “meaningful use” for specified applications. The definition of “meaningful use” has recently been finalized by HHS. 

Under the new definition, the Centricity Practice, version 9.5 received a 5 star rating by the CCHIT for two applications: ambulatory EHRs and child health and cardiovascular medicine with advanced reporting.

The conditionally approved version, 9.5, is expected to be commercially available this Fall. 

More information about CCHIT Certified products and Preliminary ARRA certified technology is available at

More information about Centricity EHRs can be found at GE Healthcare.