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Cerner Advancing Capabilities to Improve EHR Interoperability

Cerner will roll out several enhancements to its heath IT solutions through 2020 to advance EHR interoperability for users.

Cerner plans to release an array of capabilities to advance EHR interoperability.

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By Kate Monica

- Cerner is releasing several new capabilities for users of its health IT solutions through 2020 as part of an effort to improve EHR interoperability and health data exchange.

The health IT company is presenting coming interoperability enhancements at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida.

Forthcoming enhancements include a longitudinal patient record, open standards for edge development, advanced data reconciliation capabilities, and functionality streamlining 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’s longitudinal patient record will give users access to an organized, structured view of multiple sources of clinical data for a more complete picture of patient health.

New capabilities supporting open standards for edge development will enable health systems and third-party developers to innovate apps and technologies capable of assisting providers across existing patient health records. Developers can create these new tools using open data standards such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR.)

Through capabilities supporting advanced data reconciliation, providers will have the opportunity to reconcile health data across healthcare organizations.

Finally, functionality supporting referral management will enable providers to make referrals to connected specialists, transfer patient data to selected specialists, and track the referral to ensure it is completed.

Cerner also plans to release a capability in 2019 allowing multiple providers to create a single plan tracking a patient’s progress across the continuum of care. The capability will help to streamline care coordination across care settings.

The health IT company also recently announced it is partnering with Florida-based BayCare Health System, Lumeris, and Salesforce to improve the health of the senior population at BayCare.

BayCare will leverage Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform, Salesforce’s CRM technologies, and Lumeris’ value-based care services to improve health outcomes for seniors participating in its Medicare Advantage plan.

“Cerner and BayCare have worked together for 19 years, several of those years on population health pursuits, offering its clinicians the opportunity to harness the power of data to glean insights into their populations to guide care,” said Cerner Client Development Senior Vice President Tim Kostner.

“By also incorporating technologies from Lumeris and Salesforce, there is potential to further improve the overall patient experience by identifying gaps in care and personalizing engagements,” added Kostner.

The collaboration will help BayCare eliminate gaps in care, boost consumer and provider engagement, and improve population health outcomes.

“We are excited to have the support of Cerner, Lumeris and Salesforce to personalize care and better serve our patients and community,” said BayCare Senior Vice President and CIO Tim Thompson.

“These technologies, processes and behaviors provide our clinicians with data, insights and improvements to their workflow that help us engage with patients and proactively manage their health and well-being,” continued Thompson. “By working with these three industry leaders, we are able to engage and support our seniors to identify gaps in care and work to improve their health.”

BayCare is a not-for-profit healthcare system offering a wide range of services to families throughout the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions. The health system includes 15 hospitals and hundreds of inpatient and outpatient facilities offering acute care, primary care, imaging lab, behavioral health, and home care services.

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