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Chicago Plumbers Union to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

A plumbers union will begin a Cerner EHR implementation at a new health center in southwest Chicago.

A Chicago plumbers union is launching a new Cerner health center equipped with a Cerner EHR system.

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By Kate Monica

- A Chicago Plumbers Union recently made the decision to move forward with a Cerner EHR implementation at a new health center currently under development in southwest Chicago.

Members of Plumbers Local Union 130 United Association (UA) and their families can receive care at the forthcoming Chicago health center as part of their union benefits.

“Our members’ health and well-being are our top priority, and we are committed to equipping them with the care they need to live healthy lives,” said Plumbers Local Union 130 UA Business Manager James Coyne.

“Providing our members and their families with quality care will give them greater control of their health, while they continue to provide top plumbing craftsmanship to the Chicago area,” added Coyne.

The new Cerner system will help to minimize patient wait times and enable providers to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients by streamlining administrative processes. The Cerner health center will provide union members with access to acute and preventive care, chronic care management, and health risk education and awareness.

Through these comprehensive services, providers at the health center will have the opportunity to help patients maintain their health and avoid costly emergency department and urgent care visits.

“Local 130 is dedicated to building and maintaining a healthy and happy workforce, and Cerner looks forward to joining them in this important effort,” said Cerner Population Health Services Vice President Mike Heckman.

“Today’s plumbers are called on to do complex work that can be physically taxing,” continued Heckman. “With this new health center, Cerner is ready to bring years of workforce health expertise, clinical staff and technology to help achieve optimal health for members of Local 130.”

In addition to providing an EHR system for the health center, Cerner will also manage all health center operations. The health center will use Cerner’s population health management platformHealtheIntent — to improve health outcomes for union members and their families.

With HealtheIntent, the health center’s providers will combine data analytics with high-quality care services for better-informed clinical decision-making.

Patients will also have the opportunity to leverage Cerner’s online patient portal to manage their health and make informed decisions about their own care. Engaging patients in care management helps to enable a patient-centered care model.

The coming health center in southwest Chicago is slated to open in 2019. Cerner executives will announce a permanent location for the health center at a later date.

Cerner currently operates several health centers across the country for its own employees and other union organizations.

Plumbers Local Union 130 UA includes over 6,200 members and is the largest straight-line plumbing local in the UA International Union. The UA International Union represents more than 350,000 building tradesmen across the United States and Canada.

Logansport Memorial Hospital in Indiana also recently made the decision to replace two different health IT systems currently in place at the hospital with a single, unified Cerner EHR.

One health IT system at Logansport currently supports acute care providers, while the other serves the hospital’s physicians.

The EHR implementation project is expected to take between 12 and 15 months. The hospital plans to go live with the new system in 2020.

Logansport has been preparing to replace its existing health IT systems with a single, commercial EHR system for the past two years. The cost of the new Cerner system will total about $14.4 million over five years.

Once the Cerner system is live, patients will be able to access their test results and complete health information through a single patient portal.

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