COLUMBIA, Mo. (Oct. 31, 2018) — Lake Regional Health System and University of Missouri Health Care are collaborating to provide patients with improved access to their health information. Patients at MU Health Care and Lake Regional Health System ambulatory clinics will share their electronic health record (EHR) and patient portal from Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to support a smooth transition, regardless of where they receive care.
As the health care landscape continues to change, it’s important that we explore ways to improve the health of patients throughout Missouri,” said Jonathan Curtright, chief executive officer of MU Health Care. “We are thrilled to partner with Lake Regional Health System to bring our academic system of care and shared medical record to the Lake of the Ozarks. We are confident that this extension will ultimately enhance coordination of care across the lake region and that the patient experience will be enriched.
Dane W. Henry, FACHE, chief executive officer of Lake Regional Health System, noted that MU Health Care and Lake Regional have a history of collaboration as founding members of the Health Network of Missouri. The collaborative network was formed in 2014 to improve access and the coordination of care for Missourians.
Lake Regional’s involvement in the Health Network of Missouri has expanded our relationship with MU Health Care and other regionally collaborating health systems,” Henry said. “At the heart of our affiliation is a desire to use information technology to innovate better ways to care for our shared patients. Improving the flow of health information for our providers and their patients supports improved care coordination, enhanced patient experience and the goal of better health outcomes. Leveraging this relationship and working with the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation is a bold step toward the future for Lake Regional and the communities we serve.
EHR and IT operations for MU Health Care are managed by the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, a unique private/public partnership between Cerner and MU designed to transform health care for Missourians. The collaboration with Lake Regional follows an extension of MU Health Care and Cerner’s IT expertise to Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City earlier this year.
Through the Tiger Institute, we continue to expand our relationship with MU Health Care and the regional health systems it extends our solutions and collaborative services to,” said Joanne Burns, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Cerner. “With the support of our technology and expertise, relationships like the one between MU Health Care and Lake Regional help doctors, nurses and staff in Missouri and across the globe improve people’s health and their health care experiences.
Lake Regional’s clinics will transition to Cerner Millennium®, a health care IT platform designed to support and engage consumers through their health care journey across venues of care — from the doctor’s office to the hospital and clinics. The Cerner Millennium platform will provide Lake Regional staff with a digital record of their patients’ health history, providing an up-to-date view of an individual’s health and well-being. Through the new online, integrated patient portal, people will be able to securely message doctors, schedule appointments and access their health history across Lake Regional, Capital Region Medical Center and MU Health Care.
In addition to extending EHR connections with MU Health Care and Capital Region Medical Center, Lake Regional will also become a member of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange. The health exchange connects Missouri hospitals, clinics and post-acute care providers, allowing different organizations to electronically share and use up-to-date patient records.
About University of Missouri Health Care
As the state’s premier academic health system, University of Missouri Health Care offers a full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care to highly specialized, multidisciplinary treatment for patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries. Patients from each of Missouri’s 114 counties are served by approximately 6,000 physicians, nurses and health care professionals at MU Health Care. MU Health Care facilities include Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, the Missouri Psychiatric Center, University Hospital, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Affiliates include Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Columbia Family Medical Group, Columbia Surgical Associates and Rusk Rehabilitation Center. New clinic locations in 2017 include Family Medicine – Fulton Family Health and the Family Medicine clinic in Ashland. MU Health Care is a founding member of the Health Network of Missouri and MPact Health. More than 50 MU Health Care outpatient clinics in central Missouri receive outpatient visits exceeding 550,000 annually. For more information, visit http://muhealth.org.
About Lake Regional Health System
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies. To learn more, visit www.lakeregional.com.
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.com, The Cerner Blog or connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.
Lake Regional Health System: Jennifer Bethurem, director of public relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-348-8755
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Columbia Surgical Associates was the first practice to become a wholly owned subsidiary in 2014, and in October 2016, Columbia Family Medical Group joined MU Health Care as well. These practices retain high autonomy while adopting our EHR and taking advantage of the existing services and infrastructure of MU Health Care and Tiger Institute.
Tiger Institute looks forward to collaborating with other provider groups and health care organizations in mid-Missouri.
We continue to expand our membership in Tiger Institute Health Alliance (TIHA) health information exchange (HIE). Recent additions include members in Columbia, Ashland, and Marshall, Missouri.
Through the Sequoia Project national eHealth exchange platform, we connected to Missouri-based SSM Health System. SSM is also a member of MPact Health, a clinically integrated network, which spans four states. Currently we are among the first five HIEs working on a connection with the Veterans Administration through eHealth exchange.
Tiger Institute Health Alliance HIE helped MU Health Care become one of the first Cerner clients to connect to the CommonWell Health Alliance national health information exchange network.
The connection lays the foundation to obtain clinical information on patients directly from their providers throughout the United States and supplements the robust data already available in the TIHA HIE. The HIE now boasts more than 737,000 unique patients and over the last year usage increased by 193%.
MPact Clinically Integrated Network
Mercy, Mosaic Life Care, and MU Health Care, along with more than 3,000 physicians and 48 hospitals, work together through this multi-state, regional network to improve quality, access, and care. The network members work together to create value based contracts for improved care and operational efficiencies.
Health Network of Missouri
MU Health Care is a member of the Health Network of Missouri, LLC (HNM), a collaborative comprised of more than 1,000 hospital beds, nearly 11,000 employees, and approximately 1,200 employed and affiliated physicians serving central, northeast, and southeast Missouri. Major HNM initiatives include:
- Improve patient health outcomes
- Share data and best practices
- Improve access to care
- Coordinate patient care among various providers through a clinically integrated network
- Lower health care costs
- Create efficiencies to benefit patients and HNM communities Members of HNM include:
- MU Health Care
- Bothwell Regional Health Center, Sedalia
- Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City
- Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Hannibal
- Lake Regional Health System, Osage Beach
- Saint Francis Healthcare System, Cape Girardeau
In early 2016, we implemented an automated system to improve the transition of care between caregivers and health systems within the network. These efforts help ensure providers have correct patient information when and where they need it most.
Through HNM, each hospital or health system improves its ability to serve the health care needs of its own community and preserves its independence. The health systems work together to share best practices in business, clinical, and operations.
However the HNM member health systems lacked a common technology infrastructure needed achieve their stated goals.
The collaboration with Cerner will enable us to work together on a common platform that is EHR-agnostic to support our mission to improve quality care, and to measure and contain costs.
HNM Executive Director
In December 2016, HNM members and Cerner entered into an innovative strategic partnership based on value. Cerner supports HNM members by proving technology infrastructure at a price that eliminates technology as a barrier to adoption. In return, Cerner will receive reimbursement when value is achieved through the partnership. As HNM members take on risk for delivering value, so is Cerner.
Tiger Institute is extending Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform at MU Health Care across HNM member organizations to coordinate and manage care for residents of rural Missouri communities.
This shared IT infrastructure aggregates clinical and billing data that originates from various EHR systems (Cerner, Epic, Meditech, eClinicalWorks and Allscripts) as well as payor/claims data from third party administrators, in near real-time and normalizes the data. With this common platform, we:
- Track performance on identified quality and cost metrics
- Identify and manage opportunities for improvement across the network
- Manage chronic conditions and wellness goals
- Risk stratify and manage high-cost patients across the care continuum
To govern the partnership, we created a Value Partnership Committee with representation from each HNM member and Cerner to evaluate value opportunities, identify strategies and resources needed to improve performance, and measure outcomes.
Typical projects are expected to range widely, including such things as indigent care cost reduction, improvements in at-risk payer contract performance, and readmission prevention. As we realize benefits, they will be distributed to the participants as agreed upon.
Electronic health records now can be securely shared between organizations, enhancing care for patients across Mid-Missouri
Patients who receive care at SSM Health and at members of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance Health Information Exchange (HIE) now can benefit from streamlined information sharing across organizations.
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