Blood transfusions have the power to save lives. But when used inappropriately, they can harm patients, generate excessive costs and waste an important, limited resource.
Armed with studies showing up to 40 percent of transfusions in the U.S. are unnecessary(1), University of Missouri Health Care leaders saw an opportunity to improve patient safety and reduce costs by implementing a red blood cell (RBC) transfusion clinical decision support alert.
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
Cerner: Austin Cozzolino, public relations, email@example.com, 816-786-2154
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.”
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