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Washington Hospital, Clinic to Launch Cerner EHR Implementation

Mid-Valley Hospital will go live with a Cerner EHR implementation across its facilities to improve care quality.

Mid-Valley Hospital will go live with a Cerner EHR implementation in the coming months.

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By Kate Monica

- Mid-Valley Hospital (MVH) recently made the decision to launch a Cerner EHR implementation project as part of an effort to modernize its health IT infrastructure and improve the quality of care delivery.

The Washington-based hospital will implement a Cerner Millenium platform, as well as Cerner’s population health management solution HealtheIntent. By utilizing population health management tools, MHV plans to improve patient health outcomes for individuals throughout the Omak, Washington area.

MVH will abandon its existing health IT platform for a single, comprehensive, patient-centered EHR system capable of supporting physicians, nurses, and other clinicians across the care continuum. The new system will also help MVH improve its ability to engage in complete health data exchange for better-informed clinical decision-making.

“Today’s health care is changing rapidly, and we work hard to be ahead of the curve when it comes to procedures, technology and talent,” said MVH CEO Alan Fisher. “Every day we are assessing the health care needs of this community and investing in what is needed most to improve the patient experience.”

The hospital will implement the new Cerner EHR system across its hospital and Mid-Valley Medical Group clinic. The system will allow providers to store, record, access, and use patient clinical and financial information.

MVH patients will have access to a Cerner’s online patient portal and gain the ability to securely message providers, schedule appointments, view and pay bills online, and access their complete health histories.

Providers across the hospital and clinic will also have the opportunity to leverage data analytics and insights using Cerner’s population health management platform to reconcile data across the care continuum. Clinicians will also be able to use Cerner’s community care management solution — HealtheCare — to prioritize and assign care managers to patients who need them for higher quality care delivery.

“Moving away from a platform that relies on several third parties brings the hospital’s departments onto a single EHR and is an immensely important step for MVH as it continues to improve the patient experience and health outcomes in the community,” said Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark. 

“MVH and Cerner have a shared strategic vision of improving the overall health of populations we serve, and we are excited to offer our solutions to help further improve the health of the people of Omak,” added Clark.

MVH offers emergency department, lab, nutritional counseling, OBGYN, orthopedics, radiology, respiratory therapy, surgical center, therapy, and other services. An average of seven patients stay at the hospital per day.

MVH is one of several healthcare organizations that recently signed on to implement a Cerner system in recent months.

In October, Missouri-based Lake Regional Health System and the University of Missouri Health Care teamed up to extend MU Health Care’s Cerner EHR platform to Lake Regional patients and providers.

Patients at MU Health Care and Lake Regional Health System ambulatory clinics will share a single, unified EHR system and patient portal to improve patient access to health information.

MU Health Care and Lake Regional have collaborated in the past to establish the Health Network of Missouri, which launched in 2014 as part of the health system’s efforts to boost patient access to care and care coordination for residents across the state.

The Tiger Institute for Health Innovation manages MU Health Care’s Cerner EHR system and IT operations. The Tiger Institute is a public-private partnership between Cerner and MU centered on transforming and improving patient care delivery for individuals throughout the state of Missouri.

As part of the collaboration, Lake Regional will become a member of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange (HIE.)

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