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Cerner Partners with HealthSouth for Improved Care Coordination

Cerner and HealthSouth will collaborate to develop evidence-based solutions to improve care coordination in post-acute care settings.

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By Kate Monica

- Cerner Corporation is collaborating with HealthSouth Corporation to form the Post-Acute Innovation Center in Alabama in an effort to develop tools to improve care coordination and patient care management.

HealthSouth Corporation is a post-acute services provider specializing in meeting the needs of patients with complex medical conditions. HealthSouth’s network includes both facility-based and home-based post-acute care services including inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies.

The post-acute care provider currently utilizes Cerner EHR systems at most of its care facilities to deliver high quality, patient-centered care. Cerner presently provides EHR systems for 116 of 126 HealthSouth hospital facilities.

"The post-acute network management tools currently available in the market have largely been developed either by non-providers with limited clinical expertise or providers that have not made the necessary technology investments to advance efficient, patient-focused care," said HealthSouth President & CEO Mark Tarr.

The innovation center will leverage Cerner’s health IT solutions and data analytics capabilities to develop evidence-based solutions using existing technology implemented at HealthSouth facilities. Innovators will develop clinical decision support tools geared toward more effectively managing patients across multiple HealthSouth care settings.

"Cerner is committed to supporting HealthSouth as it continues to improve the health of the individual throughout the full continuum of care,” said Cerner President Zane Burke.

Cerner and HealthSouth officials stated the primary objective of the innovation center is to use diverse data sets from multiple care settings to develop initiatives aimed to facilitate efficient patient care, improve care coordination, post-acute network performance, and cost management in post-acute care settings.

"Person-centered care is the future, and Cerner is eager to help drive ideas that enhance provider and consumer access to data,” said Burke.

Since 2011, HealthSouth rehabilitation facilities spanning 32 states and Puerto Rico have used Cerner Millennium EHR systems. HealthSouth’s Cerner implementation included a centralized repository for patient EHRs, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and remote hosting services, among other product offerings.

Recently, Cerner has also entered the population health management market.

Along with health IT giants such as Epic and Allscripts, Cerner has demonstrated a growing influence over the population health management software market in 2017.

A recent Black Book Research report stated health IT companies specializing in EHR technology have successfully merged EHR systems, predictive analytics, and revenue cycle tools to create comprehensive patient management platforms.

“The activity and energy is high," said Managing Partner of Black Book Research Doug Brown. “Clearly, the best articulation of this energy is coming from the leading electronic medical record (EMR) suppliers, namely Epic Systems, Allscripts and Cerner, that have previously provided fee-for-service (FFS) platforms and are now fully investing in new, non-FFS tethered platforms to manage population health."

In June, Cerner’s population health management platform—HealtheIntent—gained a health system when Carolina’s Healthcare began utilizing the service. The platform will assist in managing patient care for more than 12 million annual patient interactions at all care sites part of Carolinas Physician Alliance.

HealtheIntent includes a suite of products designed to collect data in near-real time from several sources to create a comprehensive view of a patient’s experiences across the continuum of care.

"Our goal is to equip our care teams with a holistic and timely picture of a patient's interactions throughout CHS, as well as provide system wide insights to ultimately improve quality of care and reduce costs for our entire patient population,” said Carolinas Health System Senior Vice President of Population Health Management Ruth Krystopolski. 

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