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Cerner EHR Implementation to Support Behavioral Health at Spectrum

The behavioral health provider will launch a Cerner EHR implementation to support treatment of patients in western New York.

Spectrum will utilize a Cerner EHR implementation to support behavioral healthcare.

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By Kate Monica

- Spectrum Health & Human Services will launch a Cerner EHR implementation project through Cerner’s Community Behavioral Health deployment model to improve the mental and behavioral health of individuals throughout western New York.

The Cerner Integrated deployment model is designed to meet the unique needs of organizations centered on delivering care for psychological disorders.

“Spectrum is extending our long-term relationship with Cerner to offer our patients improved services to face the challenges associated with mental health and substance abuse issues,” said Spectrum CEO Bruce Nisbet, CEO.

Doctors, nurses, and other staff across the Orchard Park-based agency will benefit from more a more complete, up-to-date view of patient health. Having a comprehensive record of patient health is critical to providing care to patients suffering from mental crises or urgent behavioral health needs.

The Cerner system will give Spectrum providers valuable context for patient treatment through connected records of patients’ mental and physical health. Spectrum providers will also have the ability to engage in health data exchange across locations and with providers at other health systems throughout the region.

“Cerner’s technology and solutions will not only support high-quality patient care but will also help us connect with health systems and providers as we forge new relationships throughout the state,” said Nisbet. “Seamless sharing of patient health data across New York is not only essential in improving the patient experience, but also in improving the quality of care we are all able to provide.”

Spectrum providers and staff will also have access to patients’ financial data within each patient record to streamline documentation, enable optimal reimbursement, and support Spectrum’s financial success.

“Spectrum’s status as one of the few Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in New York is recognition of the dedicated and passionate clinicians that are making a difference in the mental health of their community,” said Cerner Clinical and Business Strategy Vice President Adam Laskey.

Spectrum patients will also be able to utilize Cerner’s patient portal. Patients and their families can use the portal to view their personal health data, share self-reported data, schedule appointments, pay bills, and communicate with their care teams online.

“Cerner’s behavioral health-specific solutions will help Spectrum continue to provide individualized and personal care to each patient to support overall well-being,” Laskey said.

Spectrum will receive a tailored package of health IT applications and services designed to meet the needs of behavioral health organizations at an affordable cost. The product offering includes a specific set of tools to treat mental disorders, substance abuse, and other behavioral health needs.

Spectrum offers an array of behavioral healthcare services in centralized community-based locations throughout Western New York. The agency also includes several satellite locations within primary care practices across Erie County.

Cerner is also in the midst of a multi-year EHR implementation across all VA care sites.

The $10 billion EHR implementation project launched in May. The first VA care sites are slated to go live with the new Cerner system in 2020.

VA partly selected Cerner to provide its network-wide EHR system to enable interoperability with the Department of Defense’s MHS GENESIS system, which is also supported by a Cerner platform.

Throughout the project, VA will also maintain its existing legacy VistA EHR system. VA plans to issue a request for proposal to find a vendor capable of providing a full range of technical, managerial, and administrative services to support the legacy Vista EHR system and VistA Imaging Systems across 143 VA care sites still utilizing the technology.



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