Kern Medical Selects Cerner Enterprisewide Health IT System and Population Health Platform

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., April 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kern Medical, a 222-bed acute care teaching center in Bakersfield, California, has selected Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to implement the Cerner Millennium® integrated electronic health record (EHR) and Cerner HealtheIntentSM big data and insights platform for population health management to support improved health outcomes through an integrated platform and actionable health data.

"Kern Medical is committed to delivering safe, compassionate, high-quality care to our community and Cerner’s health IT solutions will help us continue to do so,” said Dr. Glenn Goldis, chief medical officer, Kern Medical. “Through this transformation, we will strive to provide an integrated approach toward improving the health and well-being of our community.”

Kern Medical will transition to the Cerner Millennium EHR, a health care IT platform designed to support an individual’s care journey across the continuum – from the doctor’s office to the hospital and outpatient clinics – with consistent patient engagement. Kern Medical made the choice based on their goal to have one, integrated and efficient platform to allow for seamless care across the enterprise. Through the new online patient portal, patients will be able to stay engaged in their care through securely messaging physicians, viewing and settling balances and accessing their health history.

“We’re excited to help Kern Medical promote wellness in their community by providing unified patient health data across the continuum of care,” said Zane Burke, president, Cerner. “Cerner’s integrated EHR and population health management platform will equip Kern Medical clinicians with actionable insights to help them improve the health of those they serve.”

Clinicians at Kern Medical will soon have actionable health information at their fingertips to improve patient care and become a data-driven organization. Cerner HealtheIntent is designed to aggregate data in near real-time from multiple sources to create a single, comprehensive view of an individual’s health care experiences, as well as the health care organization’s patient population, to inform clinical decision making. Kern Medical clinicians will receive support through meaningful data to help engage people beyond the hospital setting and manage health outcomes, with the aim of improving statewide health.

Kern Medical will also leverage Cerner HealtheIntent to support regulatory reporting requirements from the Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) program in California. With actionable data about individuals and populations, Kern Medical will continue their work with the PRIME program to improve the way care is delivered throughout the state to maximize the value to patients. In doing so, Kern Medical supports the development of a health care network focused on improving quality, reducing cost and enhancing access to patient care.

Cerner HealtheIntent will help Kern Medical physicians have deeper insights into their patient population so they can engage patients and the extended care team to take action,” said Ryan Hamilton, senior vice president, Population Health, Cerner. “A population health approach will assist Kern Medical in managing the health of its community one person at a time, empowering patients in their health care and enhancing the patient experience.”

About Kern Medical
Kern Medical serves as Kern County’s only trauma center and provides all members of the community access to basic and specialty care through a network of clinics, physicians and affiliated medical groups. It is the area’s only academic training hospital and has an affiliation with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to its main campus, it operates outpatient clinics on Columbus Street, Truxtun Avenue, 19th Street, F Street, and Stockdale Highway for nearly 120,000 patients each year.

About Cerner

Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,000 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.comThe Cerner Blog or connect on FacebookInstagram, LinkedInTwitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

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