Close to 1,200 attendees joined GE Healthcare at the Denver Convention Center, May 4-7, for the second-annual Centricity LIVE user conference. Healthcare’s premier IT education offering,  the event showcases thought leadership in action, best practice sharing, interactive demos of featured Centricity solutions, and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about Centricity’s software portfolio of Integrated Care Solutions by attending dedicated educational tracks focused by specialty (Care Area Workflows, Financial Management, Enterprise Imaging, and Electronic Medical Records). Centricity LIVE also provided our user community with an opportunity to learn and share best practices and explore ways that Centricity solutions are being used to address some of the industry's toughest challenges.

Conference metrics

  • 1,157 show attendees
  • 758 users, partners
  • 45 sponsor companies (including Intel, HP, IBM, Microsoft, EMC)
  • 257 speakers
  • 172 education sessions

Conference Highlights:

  • GE Healthcare IT President and CEO Jan De Witte delivered the opening keynote address and highlighted the top five challenges he hears from healthcare executives:
    1. The consumerization of healthcare
    2. Costs outpacing revenue
    3. An increasing patient population and a decreasing labor pool
    4. Increased risk shifting to IDN (Integrated Delivery Network) CEO's and primary care providers that was historically borne by payers
    5. How can healthcare providers deliver better outcomes?
    Esther Dyson,  John Dineen, Bill Ruh, and Michael Leavitt on how technology can play a role in improving the current state of American healthcare
    HICCup founder and moderator Esther Dyson, President and CEO of GE Healthcare John Dineen, Vice President, GE Global Software Center Bill Ruh, and Michael Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and three-term Governor of Utah
    Centricity live 2014 conference’s closing keynote speaker Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
    Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

    Jan spoke about GE Healthcare's commitment to bringing the Industrial Internet to healthcare by leveraging GE's Predix platform for healthcare to build next-generation software applications. By delivering a portfolio of Integrated Care Solutions to help customers turn data into actionable insights that they can use to enable enhanced clinical, operational, and financial outcomes, GE will help customers address the industry’s toughest challenges.

  • John Dineen, president and CEO of GE Healthcare; Bill Ruh, VP of GE's Global Software Center; and Gov. Michael Leavitt, former secretary of US Health and Human Services and three-term Utah governor, participated in a panel discussion moderated by Esther Dyson, technology investor and philanthropist. The panel titled "Perspectives on US Healthcare" served as a forum for discussion on how technology can play a role in improving the current state of American healthcare.

    Dineen spoke about a shift in the healthcare landscape where consumers will start making buying decisions and take on a greater role in managing their healthcare. More than ever before, providers will need to focus on productivity and customer satisfaction. Next-generation healthcare will focus on outcomes putting pressure on medical systems in the future to combine high quality and lower costs with better results. In this changing environment, Dineen and Ruh emphasized the need for the healthcare industry to adopt new technology models and focus on predictive analytics, which has started delivering improved outcomes across other industries, such as aviation where Industrial Internet systems can already anticipate a problem and perform preventative maintenance to fix the problem.

  • The event's Collaboration Zone featured interactive demos of Centricity software solutions, including new solutions powered by Predix - Centricity 360 and Centricity Perioperative 8.0 with High Acuity Analytics.

  • Inspirational survivor and international speaker Allison Massari delivered a memorable presentation describing her difficult experiences as a patient after surviving a harrowing automobile accident, spending more than 400 days in hospitals, physical therapy centers, and doctor’s offices.

  • Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the “Miracle on the Hudson” airplane captain, delivered the conference’s closing keynote and recounted his life-changing experience piloting a plane from La Guardia airport that struck a flock of birds just 208 seconds after take off, requiring an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Sully described to the audience how he had been preparing for this moment his entire life.