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Apr 11, 2017 11:59:08 AM · by David Kushan

What an Optimized Cerner Platform Really Means for Patient Care

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Many organizations that go live with Cerner find that significant improvements are still needed to realize the full benefits of the platform. Thorough training on the new tools that begins before they go live can be essential to maximizing the value of the platform, but tweaking the system itself may improve performance as well. By pairing training with a careful optimization process it’s possible to prevent clinical work from being thrown off-balance by the platform, which may frustrate end-users throughout the organization.

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Apr 6, 2017 12:10:00 PM · by David Kushan

The Value of Pharmacy in The EHR Implementation Process

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In order to ensure the full benefits of an electronic health records (EHR) implementation are realized,
input from key hospital departments is essential. In particular, successful deployment of technologies like computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and clinical decision support (CDS) can depend on involving pharmacy stakeholders in the planning and implementation process.

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Mar 27, 2017 12:25:00 PM · by David Kushan

How to Successfully Select Consultants for a Cerner Implementation

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Cerner’s platform is powerful and contains a wide range of features and functionality, but for healthcare organizations to realize the full potential of the system, it must be implemented successfully with minimal issues. While Cerner itself typically includes implementation support in its contracts, those services tend to best address the 80% of issues that are most common across all organizations. The other 20%, which are comprised primarily of edge cases that are unique to each individual organization, necessitate additional help from consultants to ensure they are handled appropriately. The right consultant can tailor a Cerner implementation to your hospital’s specific situation in a financially viable manner.

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Mar 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM · by David Kushan

How to Identify Key Stakeholders for a Healthcare IT Project

Cerner, Healthcare IT

Imagine an EHR system that has been developed and implemented without any input from the clinicians who are using it. The project team responsible will be spending resources fixing problems while trying to regain the trust of leaders across the organization. If you fail to identify and engage with key stakeholders at the outset, this is how your IT project can end up.

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Nov 15, 2016 9:58:21 AM · by David Kushan

Best Practices for Developing an Effective Cerner Optimization Communication Plan

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A centerpiece of Cerner optimization best practices is a communication strategy that takes into account the needs of key stakeholders to build support for the changes optimization brings. This communication plan should be customized to account for your organization’s unique needs, keeping in mind the way your end-users interact with the software.

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Oct 20, 2016 11:13:11 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

EHR Acronym Falling Out of Favor Among Healthcare Leaders

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In response to the government's mandate that all health records be converted into electronic health records (EHR), there can now be heard a collective groan coming from some healthcare leaders. Count Girish Navani, CEO of eClinicalWorks, and Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth, among those who are beginning to treat the EHR acronym like an unwanted relic.

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Sep 21, 2016 9:55:50 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

EHR News: Cerner Lands Major New Client

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State of Kansas to Upgrade Medicaid Computer System

Kansas has inked a $215 million deal with Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) and partners to upgrade the Medicaid computer system in place to track patient claims payments to providers. As a major part of the deal, Hewlett Packard has tabbed Cerner to overhaul the state's Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) to comply with new federal standards.

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Sep 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Two Signs Your EHR Optimization Project is on the Right Track

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To achieve a successful electronic health records (EHR) optimization while avoiding potential pitfalls, preparation is fundamental. Yet, even when an organization is set up for success with a carefully developed EHR optimization plan and the best professionals on the job, some project managers or IT directors may ask themselves whether their project is on the right track. Here are two clear indicators that your implementation is heading in the right direction.

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Sep 2, 2016 3:48:22 PM · by David Kushan

Cerner Optimization: The Benefits of Continuous Training

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Continuous improvement is what Cerner Optimization is all about. It helps clinicians use the platform more effectively and results in greater efficiency. For example, an optimized EHR system enables physicians to move more quickly through data intake and ultimately see more patients.

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Aug 29, 2016 3:39:55 PM · by David Kushan

Examining the Differences Between Cerner Implementation and Optimization

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A Cerner implementation can lead an organization toward greater efficiency, while Cerner optimization ensures that this efficiency is achieved. Although there can be some similarities between the two – like planning, budgeting, and engaging key stakeholders – implementation is focused more on building a system that works, while optimization seeks to engage with users to maximize the efficiency of the Cerner solution while lowering the friction of use.

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Aug 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM · by David Kushan

Tips for Fixing a Botched EHR Implementation

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Organizations face many challenges when implementing electronic health records platforms (EHR), but fixing a botched implementation can be among the most stressful.  Problems with EHR implementation can reverberate throughout a healthcare organization and must be recognized and fixed as soon as possible.

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Aug 17, 2016 8:50:46 AM · by Healthcare IS Team

Department of Defense Commits to More Cerner Spending

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Cerner's Contract With DOD Increased by $23 Million

The Department of Defense (DoD) has substantially upped its financial commitment to Cerner. This was done as part of the continuing effort to modernize the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and DoD healthcare information systems under the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) program. The DoD will be awarding an extra $23 million in spending towards Cerner implementation, enabling Cerner to house and manage the DoD's electronic health records within Cerner's data centers.

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Aug 10, 2016 1:22:00 PM · by Healthcare IS Team

EHR News: Which EHR System Is The Industry Leader?

Industry News, Cerner, Healthcare IT

According to a new report from research firm Kalorama Information, Cerner is the clear market share leader among EHR (electronic health records) software providers, edging out rival McKesson. Of the 4,474 non-federal acute care hospitals surveyed, nearly one-quarter use Cerner. The company’s 2015 acquisition of Siemens Healthcare’s EHR division helped make it No. 1.

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Jul 15, 2016 4:02:13 PM · by David Kushan

Cerner Implementation: Team Training Best Practices

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Cerner implementations are among the most fundamentally challenging projects that a healthcare organization will ever confront. They affect everyone from the very top on down and force many employees who may have been doing things the same way for quite a while to learn a whole new system that they may have no experience with at all. This makes education and training absolutely pivotal. The subsequent three best practices are key to ensuring effective education and therefore an effective implementation.

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Jul 13, 2016 11:27:57 AM · by David Kushan

How to Successfully Staff a Cerner Implementation

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Cerner provides a great product as well as good support services, but it's not wise to solely rely on those services when staffing for an implementation. Rather than making assumptions based on implied understandings from Cerner, it’s incumbent upon the customer to come to a clear contractual agreement with well-defined resource expectations.

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Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

Cerner Implementation: Project Management Tips from the Pros

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As far as projects go, a Cerner implementation or conversion is rather substantial. It’s a long process that involves a lot of moving parts and incorporates a wide range of stakeholders and contributors. In order to successfully implement such a complicated project, it is imperative to have top-notch project management. Here are five tips on how to do that from the project management pros:

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Jul 1, 2016 9:56:37 AM · by David Kushan

Converting from Siemens Soarian to Cerner: The Basics

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Cerner Corp’s acquisition of Siemens Health Services has had a major impact on the industry as a whole. While Cerner has promised to keep supporting Siemens for another 10 years, most Siemens Soarian EHR clients have already migrated or are planning on migrating to another platform. With many of these same organizations having only recently converted to an EHR, as mandated by the HITECH Act, most are less than enthused about having to take on another major IT system conversion project.

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Jun 23, 2016 11:22:47 AM · by David Kushan

How to Ensure You Have the Right Resources for Your Cerner Implementation

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You’re the administrator for a healthcare organization and it’s been decided that your organization will be making the move to a Cerner solution for electronic medical records (EMR) or pharmacy tracking.

Where to start?

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Jun 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM · by David Kushan

EHR System Selection - 7 Tips for Transforming Clinical Care

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The world of clinical care is evolving rapidly, driven by technological innovations and changes in approach. While a quality EHR system can revolutionize the way care is delivered to patients, the key to offering high-quality clinical care lies in shifting the culture of treatment within an organization. With that in mind, here are some essential tips for improving clinical care — and more importantly, patient outcomes.

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Jun 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM · by David Kushan

Cerner Optimization: What You Need to Know

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The first step in moving a healthcare organization toward the forefront of electronic medical records (EMR) is to make the decision to implement a solution such as Cerner. Implementation, however, is just the first step. Once the GO LIVE is accomplished, the work of optimization begins in earnest.

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Jun 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM · by Dave Wolfe

Cerner  Soarian to Cerner Millennium: 5 Factors to Consider for Revenue Cycle  When Converting

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From small town practices to large metropolitan area hospitals, one of the most important components healthcare organizations must consider is the system they’ll use for managing revenue cycle. From billing and invoicing to registration and collection, each step of the revenue cycle comes with its own set of challenges and has a unique effect on all other areas of the organization’s business practices.

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Jun 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM · by Dave Wolfe

Cerner Implementation Issues

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As healthcare organizations look to keep the pace with technology or implement Electronic Medical Records solutions, there are a myriad of available options, depending on a number of variables from practice size to patient base to location. With each of these solutions, specific and unique benefits and challenges are to be expected.

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Jun 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM · by Dave Wolfe

How to Track and Measure Success During an EHR System Transition

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Locating the right consultant for the job is an important first step in ensuring your healthcare IT project or EHR transition comes off without a hitch. However, finding the right consultant is just that: the first step.

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May 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM · by Dave Wolfe

8 Essential Tips for a Successful EHR Upgrade

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Successfully implementing an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system upgrade requires taking a thorough account of both the technological and the human variables involved. This means not only finding a streamlined EHR designed to meet your unique needs, but also ensuring proper training of staff to help smooth the transition.

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