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In an effort to improve patient care, the University of South Alabama Health System will transition its existing electronic health record systems to Cerner's fully integrated Millennium® platform.
"This will transform our half-paper, half-electronic system into a totally integrated electronic system," said USA Medical Center Administrator Beth Anderson. "We believe this will translate into more patient-centered care, and our physicians and employees will enjoy the benefits of integration across our system."
The conversion will begin in June and is expected to be completed by July 2016.
A fully integrated electronic medical record system creates a shared repository of patient information that enables seamless cooperation and integration among providers.
"We are convinced that Cerner is the right platform to empower us to be successful in the healthcare shift from pay-for-service to pay-for-value," said USA Health System Chief Information Officer Mark Lauteren. "It is a tremendous undertaking and will require teamwork and patience on everyone's part."
In addition to its Millennium EHR, Cerner's HealtheIntent™ population health platform is designed to aggregate and reconcile data from multiple, disparate sources in near real-time to provide clarity to millions of data points in an actionable and programmable workflow. HealtheIntent will help USA Health System identify, score and predict the risks of individual patients and enable clinicians to match the right care programs to the right individuals to manage care in a value-based health care environment.
USA Health System is leading the region as Alabama transforms Medicaid from a fee-for-service model to a risk-based enterprise, and an electronically integrated information system will be imperative for patient engagement, positive patient outcomes and tracking costs.
"With the Millennium platform, we will have the foundation and tools to become a data-driven organization with capabilities that will assist us to improve patient engagement and safety, outcomes, and economic efficiencies, the triple aim in health care," Anderson said.
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