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Cerner Selects Team of Businesses to Aid VA EHR Implementation

A team of health IT companies including Leidos, MicroHealth, and 22 others will assist with the Cerner VA EHR implementation.

Cerner has assembled a team of businesses to assist with the VA EHR implementation.

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By Kate Monica

- Cerner recently established a team of health IT companies and innovators including Leidos, MicroHealth, Accenture, and 21 other business to contribute to the $10 billion, multi-year VA EHR implementation project.

Each health IT company part of the core team has extensive experience with large enterprise systems in the commercial sector. Many of the businesses contributing to the project are veteran-owned, and will lend their experience and expertise to the VA implementation to ensure the deployment runs smoothly.

“Cerner has brought together some of this country’s brightest industry leaders to transform veteran health care delivery,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

“This team will create a single longitudinal health record that can facilitate the efficient exchange of data among military care facilities, VA facilities and the thousands of civilian health care providers where current and former service members receive care,” Wilkie added.

The VA EHR modernization team will help to ensure veterans have access to their complete health information through a single, unified EHR system. The health IT companies will also assist in enabling seamless health data exchange between VA and the Department of Defense (DoD), which also operates on a Cerner EHR system.

“We have formed a world class team that has the best interest of Veterans at heart,” said Cerner Government Services President Travis Dalton.

“This is the beginning of a long transformational journey,” Dalton added. “We will continue to seek and bring the best talent available to the VA. Our nation’s Veterans deserve the highest quality care and we are confident we have brought the right players to this team to succeed in our collective mission.”

Other businesses part of the strategic team include ACI Federal, Blue Sky Innovative Solutions, Clarus Group LLC, Forward Thinking Innovations, HRG Technologies, MedSys Group, PM Solutions, and Sharpe Medical Consulting.

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Goes Live with Epic EHR Implementation

Elsewhere in EHR implementation news, UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown in Iowa recently completed an Epic EHR implementation as part of an effort to reduce duplicative testing, improve health data exchange, and streamline care delivery for providers.

The 49-bed acute care hospital went live with the new Epic system mid-September. Providers at UnityPoint will utilize the system to improve care quality and patient safety through better-informed clinical decision-making.

“This is a sophisticated system that allows all of our caregivers to care for patients in a more advanced way,” said UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown President Jenni Friedly.

“Features like clinical physician support remind caregivers of patient allergies and other medical conditions, adding another level of safety and ensuring that our patients get the best possible care,” she added.

UnityPoint patients will also have access to Epic’s patient portal MyChart to view test results, schedule appointments, securely message providers, pay bills online, and request prescription refills.

The hospital has established a command center with dozens of workstations to assist with the EHR implementation. Epic and UnityPoint IT specialists will be available to assist providers with any potential problems as they arise.

Additionally, Epic “super users” will be available to assist nurses, physicians, and other hospital staff members with the new system in the early days after go-live.

Cleveland Critical Access Hospital Selects Cerner EHR

Finally, Cleveland Area Hospital made the decision to implement Cerner EHR and revenue cycle management solutions through the Cerner CommunityWorks deployment model.

Providers at the critical access hospital (CAH) plans to use the new Cerner system to boost care quality and improve patient access to care within their rural community.

“As a rural hospital, it is important for Cleveland Area Hospital to choose health care technology that maximizes its resources, at a cost it can afford, to provide excellent services to the people that count on them for care,” said Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark.

“Cerner’s technology, deployed through CommunityWorks, supports clinicians in finding ways to make the experience better for each person who walks through the hospital doors and creating a healthier community,” he continued.

By implementing Cerner’s revenue cycle solutions, the hospital intends to streamline financial operations by linking clinical and financial data within a single health record.

“We have selected Cerner because we believe, from an IT and operations standpoint, it will streamline our communication and efficiency between our hospital and our clinics,” said Cleveland Area Hospital CIO Arthur Lock.

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