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Crisp Regional Health to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

Crisp Regional Health will begin a Cerner EHR implementation at its acute, ambulatory, and post-acute care facilities.

Two regional health services centers will launch new EHR implementations.

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By Kate Monica

- Georgia-based Crisp Regional Health recently announced plans to begin a Cerner EHR implementation at all acute, ambulatory, and post-acute care facilities to streamline clinical and administrative operations across the care continuum.

“We are excited about our decision to move to Cerner,” said Crisp Regional CFO and Vice President Jessica Carter. “Cerner provides us with one integrated health record across all venues of care, supporting our goal of clinical and financial optimization throughout our system.”

Crisp Regional will implement Cerner Millenium EHR, as well as Cerner’s revenue cycle management solution. The new health IT platform will provide clinicians with a more complete picture of an individual’s health and medical history for better-informed patient care delivery.

"We are committed to providing the highest quality of care possible to Crisp County and surrounding communities," said Crisp Regional Chief of Staff Elect Lynn Lyons. “Cerner understands our long-term vision, and we value its position and commitment to transforming health care IT across the globe.”

“Together, we will leverage an advanced IT system to work toward our measurable goals of increased physician visibility and strong patient outcomes,” Lyons continued.

Patients at Crisp Regional can also use Cerner’s patient portal to schedule appointments, securely message providers, and pay bills online.

“Crisp Regional is making an important investment in technology to keep pace with the rapidly changing health care landscape and provide comprehensive care to the people it serves,” said Cerner President Zane Burke.

Crisp Regional is utilizing Cerner’s CommunityWorks deployment model to launch the EHR system. CommunityWorks is specifically designed to meet the needs of community hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). The deployment model includes application management services and solutions to assist with federal reporting requirements such as the CMS Promoting Interoperability program.

“Cerner CommunityWorks will bring Crisp Regional a sophisticated, single integrated health record across the continuum of care for all our patients, regardless of where they receive care in our system,” said Crisp Regional IT Director Mitch Hiers.

“While that's a welcome improvement for patients, physicians and clinicians, we also look forward to the many technological advancements it brings with it – especially in terms of interoperability, decision support, population health and data analytics,” he continued.  

Crisp Regional’s network of health and social service facilities includes a home health program, two nursing homes with 243 total beds, a retirement home, a hospice and home care program, a dialysis facility, and rural health clinics.

Faith Regional Health Services to begin Epic EHR implementation

Elsewhere in EHR selection news, Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska recently announced it will launch an Epic EHR implementation in an effort to improve patient health outcomes by allowing providers to more easily access comprehensive patient health data, according to SandhillsExpress.com.

Faith Regional will finance the Epic system with help from Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, as well as other independently-owned hospitals throughout the state.

Partnering to buy the Epic system “ensures we get the best value while saving money and continuing to find new ways to work with other organizations such as Nebraska Medicine to fulfill our long-term strategy and vision to remain a strong, independently owned system, with a healthy future,” Faith Regional CEO Mark Klosterman told SandhillsExpress.

The Epic EHR implementation process will take place over the next 18 months at all Faith Regional Health Services care sites and Physician Services clinics.

“It’s another example of how Faith Regional and Nebraska Medicine can collaborate to provide a better patient experience for the people of northeast and north central Nebraska, while still allowing them to receive care from the providers they know and trust,” said Nebraska Medicine CEO Dan DeBehnke, MD.

“We support Faith Regional and its position to remain a thriving, locally-owned, independent organization now and into the future,” he concluded.

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