Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC) has selected Cerner to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management solutions to support improved health outcomes and optimized revenue functions. University of Missouri (MU) Health Care will extend its Cerner Millennium® domain to CRMC. As an affiliate of MU Health Care since 1997, the domain extension to CRMC will further the health system’s well-established collaboration with Cerner.
“We are excited to broaden our collaboration with CRMC to bring them access to the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation’s integrated platform and solutions,” said Jonathan Curtright, CEO, MU Health Care. “As a result of the successes we’ve seen in patient care while working with Cerner, we look forward to seeing improved health outcomes for patients at CRMC and MU Health Care.”
Cerner and MU previously formed the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation with the mission to transform health care for Missourians. The Tiger Institute and Cerner ITWorksSM manage the EHR and IT operations for MU Health Care, now extending this arrangement to CRMC. After implementation, Cerner will assume day-to-day management of CRMC’s IT operations and staff. By enlisting Cerner to handle IT service delivery, CRMC will have the opportunity to optimize resources and drive efficiencies.
“With our close relationship with MU Health Care through the Tiger Institute, this extension to CRMC will continue Cerner’s support of the health and well-being of people across the state of Missouri,” said Joanne Burns, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Cerner. “This new relationship furthers our ongoing effort to use Cerner’s technology and IT services to meet the needs of patients statewide, as well as improve the health care experience for clinicians and those people receiving care.”
CRMC will transition to Cerner Millennium, a health care IT platform designed to support an individual’s care journey across the continuum – from the doctor’s office to the hospital and other venues of care – with consistent patient engagement. The Cerner Millennium system will provide CRMC staff with a digital record of their patients’ health history, providing a more complete, near real-time view of an individual’s health. Through the new online, integrated patient portal, people will be able to securely message doctors, schedule appointments and access their health history across both CRMC and MU Health Care.
“CRMC’s affiliation with MU Health Care is an important strategy to help us provide higher quality care to the communities we serve together,” said Gaspare Calvaruso, president, CRMC. “We are excited to be able to leverage that affiliation to also work with Cerner. We are thrilled that our IT associates can continue to serve us while also being part of a world-renowned company. Our strategic vision of constantly evaluating and adapting to the changing health care landscape aligns with Cerner, and we are confident they will support us in improving care now and into the future.”
CRMC made the choice based on its goal to have one integrated and efficient platform to allow for seamless care across its organization, as well as MU Health Care. Combining the strengths of an academic health center with those of a community hospital, this agreement will lay the foundation for future shared services and clinical pathways between CRMC and MU Health Care. With Cerner’s experience and presence throughout the region, CRMC will be better prepared to face the ever-changing health care landscape.
“Unifying MU Health Care and CRMC on one integrated EHR will support the flow of health information between the organizations to create a more seamless patient experience,” said Zane Burke, president, Cerner. “This extension of Cerner’s work with the University of Missouri helps scale our collaboration beyond large health systems in Missouri to facilitate better outcomes in local communities like Jefferson City.”
Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, today announced the University of Missouri Health Care will extend Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform across the Health Network of Missouri (HNM) to coordinate and manage care for residents of rural Missouri communities. HNM is a collaborative of six independent health care organizations that use different electronic health record (EHR) systems.
MU Health Care in Columbia, Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System in Hannibal, Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau will use HealtheIntent to aggregate health data that originates from Cerner, Epic, Meditech, eClinicalWorks and Allscripts EHRs in near real-time and normalize the data.
“Connecting these health care systems and their population health data will provide care teams with the information they need to make more strategic decisions across the continuum of health across Missouri,” said John Glaser, senior vice president of population health, Cerner. “Having a more comprehensive view of a person’s health data and being able to meaningfully use it to engage individuals can help drive better patient outcomes.”
MU Health Care, in partnership with the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, has used HealtheIntent since January 2015. HNM will leverage the Tiger Institute’s domain to scale the population health management platform across the network.
“Managing the health of populations requires that providers are armed with timely information so better care decisions can be made,” said Mitch Wasden, CEO, MU Health Care. “With access to demographic, clinical and sociological information surrounding an individual, care teams can identify gaps in care, predict outcomes and apply early interventions to improve health and care across the network.”
The HNM network, which includes an academic medical center, state employer and a group of hospitals, serves patients throughout central, northeast and southeastern Missouri. Together, it accounts for more than 1,000 hospital beds and approximately 1,200 affiliated physicians.
“The network was created to drive better patient outcomes by sharing data and best practices, and improving transitions in care between providers and hospitals,” said Tom Tisone, executive director, HNM. “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.”
“To provide true health care management, you need to look beyond one venue of care and one system, and view the layer of data that sits above the EHR,” said Todd Ahrens, president and CEO, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. “HealtheIntent will enable us to put disparate information together to help implement change and truly put the individuals at the center of health and care.”
University of Missouri Health Care and the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation have received the Transformational Leadership Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association.
Health Data Management recently released its top 50 Health Care IT experts, including Bryan Bliven, chief information officer at University of Missouri Health Care and the Executive Director of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation.
University of Missouri Health Care has received the global HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for health care technology innovations that are improving patient outcomes.
HIMSS — which stands for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society — is a global not-for-profit organization focused on better health through use of information technology. Since 1994, the Davies Awards program has promoted electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through the sharing of case studies and lessons learned across a wide range of health care efforts.
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