Six Missouri hospital systems that make up the Health Network of Missouri will begin using an electronic health management system created by health tech giant Cerner to coordinate and manage health care for residents in rural communities.
Cerner officials announced Thursday that University of Missouri Health Care will extend Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform across the Health Network of Missouri. The health network is a group of six independent health care systems that use different electronic health record or EHR systems.
By connecting those systems through HealtheIntent, medical providers and health care systems can use the aggregate population health data to determine gaps in care and use it to “help drive better patient outcomes,” John Glaser, Cerner’s senior vice president of population health, said in a news release.
MU Health Care, 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 link health data that originates from Cerner, Epic, Meditech, eClinicalWorks and Allscripts EHRs.
The 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, according to the news release.
MU Health Care, in partnership with the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, has used HealtheIntent since January 2015.
Outgoing MU Health CEO Mitch Wasden said in the news release that managing the health of populations requires providers to be “armed with timely information so better care decisions can be made.” The data from HealtheIntent will combine demographic, clinical and sociological information for individuals and groups to improve health care, he said.
Wasden resigned his post last month and will leave MU Health on Feb. 24 to become CEO and executive vice president of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
Date:January o7, 2017