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Cerner Extends Free CommonWell Services to Users Until 2020

Cerner will extend free CommonWell services to all clients for three more 3 years at no additional cost.

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By Kate Monica

- Cerner President Zane Burke announced at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference that the health IT company will be extending free CommonWell services to all Cerner users through 2020.

Initially, CommonWell services were made free to all Cerner users until 2017. The additional three years of free service will assist in further promoting interoperability.

“Interoperability is very simple to us: It’s ‘Can I have my patient record?’” Burke said.

CommonWell presently includes over 60 million patient health records and over 60 different health IT company participants.

Burke also stated Cerner’s commitment to expanding next-generation interoperability capabilities through Cerner Millennium regardless of which EHR platform a health record exists on.

“It shouldn't matter if it's Cerner's EHR or someone else's EHR,” he said. “We need data form multiple places, and we need that data to flow freely.” 

Additionally, Burke emphasized a focus on a consumer-directed patient health record.

“We're providing a consumer health record for all of your patients at our cost,” said Burke. “What that means is this: We will work in concert with your patient portal so that each one of us [as patients] has the ability to take our information and create our own experience.”

“It's time for the patient to be part of the care team, and it's time for us to embrace that,” he continued. “No matter what the definition [of interoperability] is, you can agree that we can solve that problem.”  

Cerner first announced it would make CommonWell access free to all clients at the Cerner Health Conference in 2014.

“The design is for the member health IT company to pass through the cost to the end-user provider organizations,” Cerner wrote in a blog post. “We believe that by providing the service free for three years, it will give your organization the chance to evaluate the service.”

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