- California-based Kern Medical recently announced it will begin a Cerner EHR implementation to improve care coordination for all providers and hospital staff at the 222-bed acute care teaching hospital.
Along with Cerner Millenium, Kern Medical will also implement the health IT company’s population health management platform HealtheIntent. The integrated EHR system and population health management platform will equip providers with data from several sources to offer a comprehensive view of a patient’s health and experiences across the care continuum.
"Kern Medical is committed to delivering safe, compassionate, high-quality care to our community and Cerner’s health IT solutions will help us continue to do so,” said Kern Medical Chief Medical Officer Glenn Goldis, MD. “Through this transformation, we will strive to provide an integrated approach toward improving the health and well-being of our community.”
Kern Medical selected Cerner EHR as part of an effort to operate on a single, unified system. The hospital will also launch Cerner’s patient portal to give patients a way to play an active role in managing their own care. Through the portal, patients can securely message physicians, view and pay bills, and access their own health information.
“We’re excited to help Kern Medical promote wellness in their community by providing unified patient health data across the continuum of care,” said Cerner President Zane Burke. “Cerner’s integrated EHR and population health management platform will equip Kern Medical clinicians with actionable insights to help them improve the health of those they serve.”
The hospital plans to leverage HealtheIntent to manage outcomes for a variety of patient populations in California in an effort to improve health statewide. Additionally, Kern Medical will utilize the platform to fulfill reporting requirements from the state’s Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) program. Kern Medical’s work with the PRIME program is part of a statewide mission to optimize care quality, reduce costs, and boost patient access to care.
“Cerner HealtheIntent will help Kern Medical physicians have deeper insights into their patient population so they can engage patients and the extended care team to take action,” said Cerner Senior Vice President of Population Health Ryan Hamilton
“A population health approach will assist Kern Medical in managing the health of its community one person at a time, empowering patients in their health care and enhancing the patient experience,” Hamilton concluded.
Cerner is also currently working to finalize negotiations with VA about its likely $16 billion EHR contract to replace the federal agency’s homegrown VistA EHR system, according to a recent House Appropriations hearing.
While VA was able to estimate a cost for the contract, negotiations may be on hold following President Trump’s decision to fire VA Secretary David Shulkin amidst accusations of false statements.
Trump nominated presidential physician and Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to serve as Shulkin’s replacement.