The University of Kansas Hospital To Leverage Cerner's Population Health Management Platform for Rural Communities

February 25, 2016

The University of Kansas Hospital, a nationally recognized academic medical center, has extended its collaboration with Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to leverage Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform to coordinate and manage care in rural Kansas communities.

“Managing the health of populations requires new strategic approaches as the health care landscape continues to shift from a volume- to value-driven system,” said Brad Carey, vice president and general manager, population health, Cerner. “Providing meaningful patient data beyond the traditional acute care setting will enable care providers to improve the quality of care and focus on proactive health and prevention."

The University of Kansas Hospital will utilize HealtheCare, Cerner’s knowledge-driven, community care management solution, which is powered by algorithms to identify, stratify and prioritize individuals for assignment to aligned care managers. The solution enables providers to conduct comprehensive and relevant assessments, which establishes condition-specific goals and interventions to enable optimal health outcomes.

HealtheCare will be leveraged as part of The University of Kansas Hospital’s Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative. The collaborative is an innovative care delivery and payment model to improve rural Kansas’ heart health and stroke outcomes, supporting reduced total cost of care. The three-year grant was awarded to The University of Kansas Hospital as part of the Healthcare Innovation Awards, sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“Rural communities have many patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, where care coordination and patient education are important to improve outcomes,” said Dr. Robert Moser, director of the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative of The University of Kansas Hospital. “Leveraging HealtheCare will enable our Heart and Stroke Collaborative partners and local health coaches to engage at-risk patients at the right time, providing the optimal care and resources they need to assist in their treatment.”

The extended agreement is part of a broader strategic collaboration in place since 2012. The University of Kansas Hospital was one of the first health care organizations in the Midwest to include their primary care physicians in Cerner’s Primary Health Network. Cerner’s Primary Health Network model combines the foundational wellness offerings with innovative population health management services and technology to create an employer-driven network where providers and individuals are rewarded for health improvement and productivity.

“Cerner and The University of Kansas Hospital are jointly committed to the improvement of health in our communities,” said Chris Wilson, executive director of innovation, The University of Kansas Hospital. “Proactively engaging individuals in their health care will enable deeper insights for entire populations that can transform the health care industry.”

Cerner’s population health management platform and solutions will be featured in Booth 2032 at HIMSS16, Feb. 29 – March 4, at Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.