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MI Critical Access Hospital to Begin Cerner EHR Implementation

Munising Memorial Hospital will launch a Cerner EHR implementation at its critical access hospital and clinic.

Another community hospital will implement Cerner EHR.

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By Kate Monica

- Michigan-based Munising Memorial Hospital (MMH) will launch a Cerner EHR implementation at its 11-bed critical access hospital (CAH) and clinic to improve patient health outcomes for residents of Alger County.

MMH made the decision to implement Cerner EHR as part of an effort to equip healthcare providers with a more comprehensive view of patient health histories for more holistic patient care.

MMH patients will also benefit from Cerner’s patient portal, which will enable Alger County residents to securely message providers, schedule appointments, pay bills, and access their own health information online.

Encouraging patients to utilize Cerner’s patient portal may help MMH to reduce discrepancies in EHR use and patient engagement between CAHs and their larger, more urban counterparts. A November 2017 study by researchers at the University of Michigan found CAHs are less likely than other hospitals to use EHR data for performance measurement and patient engagement.

This disparity in EHR use signals the emergence of a digital divide between CAHs and other hospitals, researchers suggested. By leveraging EHR-integrated tools part of its new Cerner system, MMH providers have the opportunity to assist in closing this gap.

“MMH is dedicated to strengthening the health of Alger County, and Cerner is here to support their goals,” said Cerner President Zane Burke. “Connecting the facility with a single, comprehensive, integrated EHR will support MMH clinicians in their effort to improve the well-being of the community and provide a detailed view of each person’s health.”

Cerner CommunityWorks will offer MMH clinicians and hospital staff a unique iteration of Cerner Millenium tailored to meet their specific needs as CAH providers. The EHR system will assist in streamlining daily clinical and administrative processes including emergency department, outpatient, inpatient, short-term rehabilitation, laboratory, and radiology services.

“The CommunityWorks model, which is built off years of industry and client recommended practices, is able to address the unique set of challenges faced by the patients and care team at a small critical access hospital like MMH,” said CommunityWorks President and Cerner Senior Vice President Mitchell Clark.

“Cerner will help MMH drive value from the technology in its hospital and will provide around the clock performance monitoring and support that helps MMH get back to doing what they do best – taking care of patients,” he continued.

In addition to Cerner’s EHR system and EHR-integrated patient portal, MMH will also implement Cerner’s revenue cycle management solution. Cerner’s financial solution will allow for more efficient billing and documentation to improve reimbursement and reduce claims errors.

This most recent EHR selection marks another in a series of community hospital contract wins for Cerner. Earlier this month, Rankin County Hospital District (RCHD) in Texas and Kern Medical in California announced decisions to implement Cerner EHR to improve care coordination for providers.

Kern Medical will also implement Cerner’s population health management platform, HealtheIntent, in an effort to improve patient health outcomes for a variety of patient populations throughout the community. Additionally, Kern Medical will utilize the platform to fulfill reporting requirements as part of the state’s Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) program.

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