It’s part of our values to support academic institutions throughout the research journey, helping to push the boundaries of scientific accomplishment to improve the health of the population and get research into working practice.
Our support of clinical research includes identifying potential participants for clinical trials, ensuring that their care teams know that they’re involved in a trial, making data available for you to use in your research and more. We also work with our clients to validate predictive algorithms and support novel research.
Healthcare is too important to stay the same, and as an innovative company, we want to do more than just improve our solutions – we want to work with academics to move health and care forwards to ensure better patient outcomes.
One of the initial focuses of the partnership is to hold joint symposia between the research community and the healthcare community to accelerate sharing and adoption of research. An annual ePrescribing and medicines administration symposium has been held to show best practice and highlight opportunities for improvement.
Cerner supports the UCL health informatics MSc course through teaching, providing training materials dissertation prizes, and internships. Cerner and UCL have co-funded a UCL PhD student at UCL School of Pharmacy to explore how introducing electronic prescribing and medication administration in the UK hospital context changes workflow and communication around the use of medication. They are also looking at the extent to which staff try to make it fit existing work processes versus process redesign, and how these changes can facilitate improvements in the safety and quality of medication use. Read more.
Cerner supports research in many ways. We help clients with data for clinical research, we provide dedicated research solutions for data and running research programmes, we provide clinical research expertise, we develop predictive algorithms often in collaboration with our clients, we have partnerships with universities and fund research in them.
EHR systems are rich repositories for research on patients but also on workflows for better managing the process of healthcare. Our clients regularly use data from our platforms to support their research or the research of others.
In the USA, we have a service called HealthFacts where clients using Millennium® participate to share anonymous data for research purposes. HealthFacts contains over 42 million patient records and there have been over 300 publications using this data, and researchers in the UK can access data marts for research purposes. Data can be extracted in anonymous format for the UK market to support research.
Clients are researching new intelligence and predictive algorithms using this data, validating it in real populations, publishing and making it available to healthcare organisations at large.
Cerner’s PowerTrials solution works with Cerner Millennium EHR to help run and manage clinical trial protocols. Given that some 85 percent of trials are delayed due to accrual challenges, one key advantage is making use of the data to increase patient recruitment, with the solution matching research to patients and patients to research. Many healthcare professionals are unware of research at their institution – this solution creates this awareness and safeguards patients through flagging and alerting that they are on a trial. Study protocols are run in the EHR alongside normal care but with the opportunity to separate costs for individual research funding streams.
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We believe that the best way to manage the health of a population is one person at a time. By turning data into knowledge, people and their care providers can work more efficiently and effectively together, cultivating a mindset of proactive health, rather than reactive care. Cerner’s strategy with clients for population health management is to know your population in order to focus attention, to find and engage citizens to take an active role, and to actively manage each individual to improve their health and wellbeing.
We believe that providing data from clinical care for research purposes will continue to advance medical science, as well as ensure clinical research continues to advance health and care. For medical centres that choose to participate in clinical research, providing technology integrated with the EHR will ensure clinicians and researchers are given the best tools possible to be successful. Cerner is committed to closing the loop between research and clinical care provision, speeding the adoption time and maximising the value for society.