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Cerner, Children’s Mercy to Foster Pediatric Health IT Innovation

Cerner is expanding its partnership with Children’s Mercy Kansas City to collaborate on pediatric health IT innovation.

Cerner and Children's Mercy will expand their partnership for health IT innovation.

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By Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation will expand its ongoing partnership with Children’s Mercy Kansas City to improve cross-industry education and foster pediatric health IT innovation, the two organizations announced this week.  

The organizations will launch a joint education program to allow employees from different areas of the healthcare industry to shadow one another. Cerner employees will observe bedside patient care delivery, while Children’s Mercy healthcare providers will learn about health IT development processes.

Through this collaboration, Cerner and Children’s Mercy aim to expedite innovation within both organizations, continuing a 14-year relationship.

“This initiative reinforces our commitment to research, education and finding answers to diagnose and treat complex childhood diseases,” said Children’s Mercy Executive Vice President and COO Karen S. Cox, PhD, RN. “This is a unique opportunity for us to work side-by-side with our neighbors at Cerner to evolve how care is delivered to the children in our community.”

A team of Cerner employees will work within Children’s Mercy to optimize the effectiveness of health IT on patient care in the exam room.

“Cerner shares Children’s Mercy’s vision to help children lead long, healthy lives – especially because our own kids and neighbors are their patients,” said Cerner President Zane Burke. “Our expanded collaboration creates a deeper bond between our organizations and our people in Kansas City and promises enriched learning and development on the front lines of pediatric health care.”

As part of the partnership, Children’s Mercy will also implement the full suite of Cerner Millennium EHR solutions. The Cerner implementation will replace the variety of different EHR platforms currently in use at the healthcare organization with a single integrated EHR for streamlined care delivery.  

Medical devices at Children’s Mercy will be integrated with the EHR system to enable providers to securely transfer health data in near-real time. The integrated suite of solutions will also allow providers to benefit from more efficient scheduling and billing processes as well as improved population health management capabilities.

“The electronic flow of clinically relevant information will help improve our physicians’ day-to-day workflow,” said Children’s Mercy Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer David Chou. “Having a single source of data provides convenience and improves productivity. More important, it lets our practitioners to spend more time focused directly on our patients and their care.

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