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Geisinger Health System to Utilize Cerner's HealtheIntent Population Health Management Platform Across Disparate EHR Systems

October 13, 2015

Geisinger Health System, a national model for high quality and high value health care, has decided to collaborate with Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to use Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform to further extend Geisinger’s data-driven population health capabilities. A representative from Geisinger made the announcement at the Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

“In a time when payment models are changing from volume to value, Cerner and Geisinger share a core belief that managing the health of populations requires access to information outside traditional health care domains,” said Neal Patterson, chairman and CEO, Cerner. “We admire Dr. Feinberg’s vision for a better patient experience, and we’re excited to be a strategic part of Geisinger’s ability to provide systems-level insights to manage population health at scale.”

Geisinger leveraged HealtheIntent, a system-agnostic, near real-time platform that normalizes data from any source, to aggregate clinical and financial data from its core electronic health record (EHR) and other sources, such as its insurance company, in a proof-of-concept project. Given the positive outcome of the demonstration, Geisinger has decided to include HealtheIntent as a core component of its Unified Data Architecture platform (UDA). Geisinger’s UDA is designed to handle both structured and unstructured data to enable deeper insights for both individuals and entire populations.

“Leveraging our vast stores of data is one way we demonstrate our commitment to ensuring Geisinger’s patients benefit from leading-edge advances in health care,” said Dr. David Feinberg, CEO, Geisinger. “Implementing HealtheIntent as part of our UDA will afford our providers unparalleled access to data and allow them to pursue new and exciting data analytics opportunities that will improve patient experience and patient outcomes.”

The cloud-based platform is designed to be accessed by physicians anywhere, anytime.

“While EHRs have successfully digitized some health care information, convenient and personalized care will only be achieved through integration of data from sources within and outside the EHR platforms – it is about time for the health care industry to begin taking advantage of cloud-based big data analytics, like HealtheIntent to manage patients,” said Dr. Alistair Erskine, chief clinical informatics officer at Geisinger.

Cerner believes population health management is imperative to achieving better outcomes.

HealtheIntent enables providers to use meaningful data to proactively engage with patients beyond the office setting,” said Matthew Swindells, senior vice president, population health at Cerner. “It’s this personalized care that will enable the transformation of the health care industry and allow for a deeper level of care continuity.”

Geisinger and Cerner, along with xG Health Solutions, also have a Master Collaboration Agreement to develop SMART on FHIR applications to manage particular patient populations and improve clinical outcomes.

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