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Cerner Releases Consumer-Facing EHR to Improve Interoperability

Cerner announced the release of a new portal-connected, consumer-facing EHR to improve interoperability at its annual conference.

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By Kate Monica

- Cerner confirmed its commitment to improving interoperability at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference earlier this week by offering a new consumer-directed patient EHR.

Cerner President Zane Burke announced the consumer-directed patient health record would allow providers to share health records in one place instead of requiring different providers to share records using separate systems. Additionally, the new tool will enable patients to do more with their own information through their patient portal.

“We're providing a consumer health record for all of your patients at our cost,” he said. “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,” said Burke.

The consumer-facing patient health record is both an attempt to improve interoperability and encourage patients to become more engaged in their own care management.

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

Maintaining a focus on patient-centered care is one of the top priorities of the value-based care system.

“If you want your health record, you should be able to have it, much like a bank account and an ATM,” Burke told the Kansas City Business Journal in a recent interview. “You have to think about that consumer-directed patient health record in the same way.”

GE Healthcare Ambulatory EHR Achieves Carequality Certification

Elsewhere in health IT, GE Healthcare has earned Carequality certification in an effort to improve health data exchange and interoperability for its ambulatory EHR users.

Users of the health IT company’s ambulatory EHR will gain the ability to share information with all hospitals, physician practices, payer networks, vendors, and consumer services part of the Carequality network nationwide.

By achieving this certification, GE Healthcare builds upon existing tools designed to improve care coordination.

In addition to meeting the legal, policy, and technical requirements of Carequality’s Interoperability Framework, GE Healthcare has also integrated health data exchange processes directly into clinician workflows using Centricity Healthcare Connections Hospital Connect. The practice solution maintains an emphasis on EHR usability.

GE Healthcare launched a pilot program using the clinical workflow-enabled model with the Oregon Clinic—an ambulatory practice with 150 providers in 30 specialties. Through the pilot, GE assisted physicians in more efficiently accessing health data from multiple external sources.

The Oregon Clinic anticipates saving clinicians an hour per day on EHR chart reviews and data searches. Additionally, the clinic expects to see reductions in the number of duplicative tests and unnecessary services ordered.

“Seamless integration of clinical data across care settings helps increase provider efficiency and enhance care quality,” said Oregon Clinic Director of IT Tim Fitzgerald.

Presently, more than 260,000 physicians at nearly 23,000 clinics and 850 hospitals use the Carequality framework to exchange health data.

The Carequality-enabled cloud-based solution will also offer EHR users improved clinical decision support and population health management.  

“As clinicians seek not just simplified data exchange but also real-time data integration, analytics and insights, this solution is a model for more effective care coordination and a critical factor in the achievement of patient-centric value-based care,” said GE Healthcare Digital Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs Mark Segal, PhD.

Ambulatory practices in particular can lose physician productivity with inefficient referral and information flow processes. Improving real-time data access can help providers cut costs, save time, and ensure patients receive more accurate care. 

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