Cerner, Huntington Hospital Link Patient Data to Drive Greater Patient Safety and Decrease Harmful Outcomes

June 12, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and PASADENA, Calif. — June 12, 2012Huntington Memorial Hospital, a 625-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Pasadena, Calif., recently announced a strategic collaboration with Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN) to implement a comprehensive suite of clinical and revenue cycle solutions that enable full interoperability across the organization by connecting with Huntington Hospital’s information exchange, Huntington Health eConnect  which is already exchanging information with affiliated physician offices throughout the San Gabriel Valley. 

Huntington Hospital will use Cerner® solutions to advance the use of its electronic health record (EHR) to coordinate care across multiple venues and contribute to increased levels of patient safety.

The hospital aims to create a predictive model for adverse patient outcomes, identifying potentially harmful occurrences before they occur. To help accomplish this, they will implement St. John’s Sepsis Agent and Lighthouse: VTE Prevention. Both solutions use knowledge-based medicine to improve performance through data analysis, improving regulatory compliance.

“Working with Cerner enables us to focus on reducing preventable events, like readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions,” said Dr. Paula Verrette, Huntington Hospital’s vice president of quality and performance improvement and chief medical officer. “Additionally we will have the analytic tools necessary for the management of potentially life-threatening events, like sepsis and VTEs, to improve the care we provide to our patients.”

Huntington Hospital will also be implementing numerous other inpatient solutions which will enable the hospital to securely store all patient information within a single database allowing for clinical and financial-related real - time analyses. This will enable the organization to:

  • Become more efficient by reducing the average length of stay through effective case management and increased case visibility.
  • Refine diagnoses appropriate to treatment and continue care based on medical necessity.
  • Minimize adverse outcomes through timely identification of trends.

Additionally, the new Cerner solutions will position Huntington Hospital to take advantage of new reimbursement models that will reward more organized, coordinated and efficient care.

About Cerner

Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.

Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 9,300 facilities around the world, including more than 2,650 hospitals; 3,750 physician practices; 40,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,600 retail pharmacies.

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About Huntington Memorial Hospital

Since 1892 - Huntington Memorial Hospital has provided quality, uninterrupted healthcare to the residents of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.

Today, our 625-bed, not-for-profit hospital is home to the only trauma center in the region. Renowned for programs in cancer care, neurosciences and cardiovascular services, Huntington Hospital is also an active teaching hospital with a Graduate Medical Education program with tracks in internal medicine and general surgery. In addition, the hospital has the only high acuity neonatal intensive care unit.

Consistent with the hospitals mission of excelling in the delivery of quality care, Huntington Hospital provides millions of dollars in charity care, benefits for vulnerable populations, health research, education and training. We offer many programs – free to the community – that might otherwise be nonexistent – including geriatric psychiatric services, children’s asthma management and diabetes workshops in English and Spanish.

Huntington Hospital is ranked among the top hospitals in greater Los Angeles in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals metro area rankings.

Huntington Memorial Hospital Media Contact: Andrea Stradling, (626) 397-5464, andrea.stradling@huntingtonhospital.com, @HuntingtonNews

 

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