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Cerner Population Health Management Platform Gains Health System

Carolinas Healthcare System will begin utilizing Cerner’s population health management platform, along with its EHR.

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By Kate Monica

- Cerner recently announced Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) will implement the EHR vendor’s population health management platform HealtheIntent for improved coordinated care.

The platform will facilitate care management for more than 12 million patient interactions occurring annually at all care sites part of Carolinas Physician Alliance--the CHS clinically integrated network.

Cerner already provides an integrated EHR for CHS and intends to extend its remote hosting relationship with the health system as well.

"Carolinas HealthCare System is committed to delivering the most convenient, quality care possible to the patients and communities we serve," said CHS Senior Vice President of Population Health Ruth Krystopolski.

Cerner’s HealtheIntent was developed to collect data in near real-time from several sources to create a comprehensive view of a patient’s experiences across the care continuum.

The suite of products in Cerner’s HealtheIntent package includes HealtheEDW, HealtheRegistries, and HealtheCare.

"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,” continued Krystopolski.

HealtheEDW provides users with a data warehouse solution. HealtheRegistries offers a registries and scorecards solution for identifying gaps in care and recommending interventions. HealtheCare serves as a community care management solution to identify, stratify, and prioritize individuals for care management services.

"As the healthcare industry transitions into value-based care, the ability to consume all data whether it originates from our own or our affiliate's electronic medical records, social determinants of the patient, self-reported data or from any source becomes invaluable," said Carolinas Healthcare System CIO and Analytics Officer Craig Richardville.

"This allows us to create a 360 view of each patient to offer the insight to our care team to deliver appropriate treatment, prevention and to bend the cost curve to make sure our services are more affordable to the patient and increase the health of each patient and of our communities,” Richardville continued.

Earlier this month, a Black Book Research report stated Cerner and Epic are consistently dominating the population health management software market.

The two EHR companies, along with others such as Allscripts, are extending their offerings to include more clinical and administrative functionalities necessary for stratifying risk and tracking patient movement across the care continuum.

EHR companies ventured into the population health market following trends indicating that EHRs, predictive analytics, and revenue cycle management are merging more and more to provide comprehensive patient management platforms.

Black Book experts stated the abandonment of the volume-based payment model in exchange for value-based care played a hand in spurring investments in integrated health IT offerings.

CHS implementing Cerner’s population health management platform signals another success for the EHR vendor in this enterprise.

"HealtheIntent is designed to provide caregivers with actionable insights at the individual and enterprise levels to create healthier communities," said Cerner Senior Vice President of Population Health John Glaser. "We are excited to collaborate with Carolinas HealthCare System on its population health management journey.”

“By investing in technology that identifies opportunities for more cost-efficient engagements, Carolinas HealthCare System continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving outcomes for the people it serves."

Cerner was also recently selected to provide VA’s commercial EHR.

The federal agency chose Cerner in part because of the need for seamless interoperability between VA and DoD.

DoD’s EHR system is also a Cerner platform, though the two systems will not be identical. 

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