- Sturdy Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Attleboro, Massachusetts recently signed a seven-year agreement to replace its existing health IT system with a Cerner EHR implementation.
The 132-bed community hospital will implement Cerner’s complete suite of acute, ambulatory, and revenue cycle solutions.
“For more than 100 years, SMH has remained dedicated to serving patients in this community, and providing the best quality care,” said SMH President and CEO Joseph Casey. “Through a shared strategic vision with Cerner, we are confident their software solutions will help us continue to grow, meeting patient needs both now and in the future.”
SMH will use the Cerner health IT platform to streamline health data exchange and access across its organization to ensure nurses, physicians, and other clinicians have the information necessary to make well-informed clinical decisions.
The EHR implementation will enable providers to update clinical documentation in near real-time to help clinicians provide personalized, efficient patient care. Patients will also have access to Cerner’s patient portal. The patient portal enables patients to securely message providers, book and change appointments, and view their personal health information online.
“We work hard to develop software that provides cutting-edge, reliable EHR solutions to our clients,” said Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark. “Our model is well-suited for a health system of this size and designed to address their unique needs. We look forward to working with Sturdy as they usher in new, more efficient workflows through this platform to help improve patient care.”
The hospital will use Cerner’s CommunityWorks implementation model to launch its new system. The cloud-based deployment model is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of community healthcare organizations. The deployment model enables users to securely manage patient health histories, including clinical and financial data.
The health IT system is designed to support transparency between patients and their care teams and enable interoperability across care settings.
Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a locally controlled, not-for-profit acute care community hospital with over 1,000 employees.
The new Cerner system will help the community hospital fulfill its mission of providing care to the sick and injured in both inpatient and outpatient settings without regard to race, creed, national origin, age, gender, disability, or ability to pay.
Cerner and Epic were lauded for their ability to present unstructured data such as labs and physician notes in the EHR interface in a recent KLAS report.
KLAS analyzed data from thousands of healthcare organizations and interviews with top EHR vendors in the health IT field to gain insight into how EHR vendors deliver outside data to users.
“Cerner users must select documents to bring in, and then the system automatically organizes the data into a summary view and shows it in the chart,” wrote KLAS researchers. “Both Epic and Cerner enable clinicians to access any outside data with a search bar, which saves clinicians from needing to sort through CCDs.”
Cerner and Epic were named the top EHR vendors for making outside data usable, but all healthcare organizations who engage in health data exchange with other hospitals and health systems reported a learning curve before becoming adept at consuming outside data.