Butler County Health Center recently selected Cerner EHR as part of an effort to improve care coordination for patients in the state.
Nebraska-based Butler County Health Center will begin a Cerner EHR implementation to improve patient care delivery and health outcomes, according to the Banner Press.
The critical access hospital will utilize Cerner’s integrated health IT platform to facilitate care coordination and provider communication across care settings.
The EHR system is designed to give clinicians access to a complete digital record of patient health history for better-informed clinical decision making. Patients will also have the tools necessary to become more actively engaged with their own care management by using Cerner’s patient portal.
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Patients can use the portal to schedule appointments, securely message providers, and pay bills online.
“Moving from an IT system that required several third-party solutions, to one integrated EHR platform has been a top priority for our health system,” said BCHCC CEO Don Naiberk. “Based on Cerner’s strategic vision and track record for success, we are confident they will deliver the best technology to strengthen our ability to provide the best care for our community.”
The hospital will utilize Cerner’s CommunityWorks deployment model to ensure a smooth implementation process. CommunityWorks is a cloud-based delivery model specifically designed to meet the needs of community, critical access, and specialty hospitals.
The deployment model will enable users to securely share patient clinical and financial data. CommunityWorks scales Cerner Millenium to meet the set of challenges unique to patients and care teams at smaller or more rural hospitals.
“BCHCC is an award-winning organization committed to pursuing their vision, focused on advancing the patient experience and improving health outcomes,” said Mitchell Clark, president of Cerner CommunityWorks.
“We look forward to consolidating their use of third-party solutions by providing an EHR platform that advances their goals, by integrating technology across their venues of care, allowing the hospital to feel confident that they will enhance patient care and outcomes,” Clark added.
BCHCC is a 20-bed critical access hospital delivering care to more than 7,000 patients per year. The hospital will also implement Cerner’s revenue cycle solutions to support financial operations and connect patient clinical and financial data into a single patient record.
The critical access hospital is county-owned and offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Services at BCHCC include acute care and transitional rehabilitation, diagnostics, emergency services, obstetrics and newborn care, surgical services, and physical therapy.
In the past two years, Cerner has significantly expanded its client base through its CommunityWorks EHR deployment offering. In 2018, Cerner added 29 new small hospitals to its user base, contributing to growth in bookings.
Cerner is in the process of releasing several new capabilities for users to improve EHR interoperability and health data exchange.
In February, the health IT company announced plans to launch interoperability enhancements through 2020. Coming advancements include a longitudinal patient record, open standards for edge development, advanced data reconciliation capabilities, and functionality designed to streamline referral management.
“Person-centered care drives our health care system, but that can’t be fully achieved if providers don’t have access to a patient’s complete medical record, regardless of where and when they received care, and what health IT system was used,” said Cerner Interoperability Vice President Kashif Rathore.
“We’re working toward a future that enables a greater exchange of data,” Rathore added. “When providers and patients can easily access health information and care communication is streamlined, it drives better outcomes.”
Cerner also plans to release a capability this year allowing multiple providers to create a single plan tracking a patient’s progress across the continuum of care.
Date: June 03, 2019
Source: EHR Intelligence