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by Paul Weaver   |   December 11, 2017

When I tell people that I work within User Experience (UX) at a health IT (HIT) company, I occasionally get a small degree of bewilderment as a reaction. UX is a concept very commonly associated with everything from mobile app design to website interfaces and even the video game industry.

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End-of-Year Review: Revenue Cycle is the Place to Be

by Jeff Hurst
December 13, 2017
As we approach the holidays, a time for reflection and spending time with family and friends, it’s also necessary to recognize the important work that unites all of us in health care.

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SMART Health IT's Josh Mandel on Using Open Standards to Impact Outcomes: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 50

by Cerner Corporation | Dr. Josh Mandel
December 12, 2017
The Substitutable Medical Apps & Reusable Technology (SMART) Health IT platform and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) have utilized open standards to help advance health IT, fostering collaboration and lowering the barrier for innovation.

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MedStar's Seth Krevat on Zero Harm Patient Safety Programs: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 49

by Cerner Corporation | Seth Krevat
December 5, 2017
On this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we hear from Dr. Seth Krevat, assistant vice president for Safety at MedStar Health and a faculty associate at MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare.

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Standards-Based APIs Are a Good Starting Point for 21st Century Cures

by Dr. David McCallie
December 4, 2017
At the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Annual Meeting, Dr. Don Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, highlighted the importance of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Cures Act) in improving interoperability.

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How Mobile Technology Can Impact Care Team Communications

by John Gresham
November 29, 2017
The advent of the smartphone has changed everything – from the way we do business to the way we communicate with one another. Thanks to the ubiquity of mobile phones and apps, easy access to information is now the law of the land: Consumers expect it and businesses require it.

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Sheridan Community Hospital Joins the Cerner CommunityWorks Family

by Cerner Corporation
November 29, 2017
Sheridan Community Hospital (SCH) has selected Cerner to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management system across its acute and ambulatory facilities.

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Kansas State Department's Dr. Susan Mosier on the Future of Medicaid: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 48

by Cerner Corporation | Dr. Susan Mosier
November 28, 2017
At the state level, there’s a lot of talk around health care reform and what it means for Medicaid, as well as some discussion around how Medicaid ties into population health management and social determinants of health.

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Cures Act Deep Dive: Electronically Accessible Health Information

by John Glaser
November 22, 2017
From Thursday, November 30 through December 1, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will hold its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. One of the hottest topics will be the upcoming release of the draft of Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) that will lay the groundwork for nationwide interoperability between networks.

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Cerner's Emil Peters on Impacting Global Health Care: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 47

by Emil Peters
November 21, 2017
The challenges of providing and funding health care around the globe hasn’t changed much over the last few years – and it’s unlikely to change this year.

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Nurses Poised to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Ruth Wetta
November 20, 2017
Social determinants of health, defined as the circumstances in which people live and work, have a strong effect on an individual's health outcomes. Factors like safe housing and local food markets have more often been the concern of public health officials and health care professionals.

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The ONC's Dr. Donald Rucker on the Cures Act and More: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 46

by Dr. Donald Rucker
November 14, 2017
In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we're joined by Dr. Donald Rucker, the national coordinator for Health Information Technology. The ONC is considered the beating heart of American health care policy, and one of its primary platforms is the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

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How HIT Can Help Physicians Avoid Burnout

by Chris Lewis
November 13, 2017
Today, more than 50 percent of physicians experience burnout. By these numbers, we can consider this an epidemic. There are several causes of physician burnout, which makes this a difficult issue to address.

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The Population Health Journey: Q&A with John Glaser and Pamela McNutt


November 8, 2017
In a Q&A with Cerner's John Glaser, Pamela McNutt discussed Methodist’s population health journey and shared her advice for other health systems preparing their organizations for population health.

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Captain James Ellzy on MHS GENESIS and How Military Care is Changing: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 45

by Cerner Corporation | James Ellzy
November 7, 2017
In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we hear from Captain James Ellzy, deputy program executive officer for the program executive office with the U.S. Defense Healthcare Management System. CAPT Ellzy has been practicing family medicine for more than 20 years, and previously served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the U.S. Navy.

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Creating a Flawless Candidate Experience

by Angie Stanland
November 7, 2017
Creating a flawless candidate experience is essential to growing a competitive and skilled Cerner workforce. Our approach to recruiting aligns with Cerner’s broader culture: associates and clients working toward shared goals to advance the business and improve health care.

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Using the EHR to Impact Episodic and Longitudinal Care Plans

by Don Bisbee
November 6, 2017
As health care systems and providers move toward meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), longitudinal care plans provide a means to improve communication and coordination as patients transition across settings. But what do we mean by a “longitudinal” plan, and how does that interact with the episodic care plan?

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How Hospitals can Benefit from a LEAN Model

by Jennifer Newton
November 1, 2017
LEAN thinking is making its way into the healthcare industry. What does adopting a LEAN management practice mean for a healthcare system? In this blog, we’ll dive into a few of the key LEAN strategies that any healthcare organization can think about adding to their quality improvement program.

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4 Key Considerations for Health Care Organizations Operating in Fee-For-Service Models

by John Glaser
October 31, 2017
During a recent Scottsdale Institute Population Health Summit, health care executives from a variety of organizations came together to discuss the state of the industry, including current challenges, lessons learned and what’s next.

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Children's Mercy's David Chou on Digital Transformation: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 44

by Cerner Corporation | David Chou
October 31, 2017
Health care organizations must continually evolve at the rapid pace of technological advancement to provide high-quality, patient-centered care. In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, David Chou, vice president and chief information and digital officer at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, offers his insights on digital transformation in health care and strategies for the future. Children’s Mercy is one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers, with not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas.

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Advancing Pediatric Care Through Health IT: 4 Must-Read Stories

by Cerner Corporation
October 30, 2017
Sometimes, it can be easy to think of children as little adults, especially when it comes to a clinical setting – but they think, act and heal differently. They require specialized care that spans the critical foundational period of their lives. The treatment of pediatric illness and trauma is critical to the psychosocial and developmental needs of our future generations. Here are four stories demonstrating how customized health IT solutions can meet the unique requirements of pediatric care.

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3 Things to Know About Free Consumer-Directed Health Record

by Cerner Corporation
October 26, 2017
We’re providing a free consumer-directed health record for patients, giving consumers more control of their health data. Read more!

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Fighting the Opioid Epidemic with Predictive Analytics

by Jennifer Conner
October 25, 2017
Fact: Right now, America is facing an opioid epidemic. We know this because we’ve seen the numbers. Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s opioid supply, and 142 citizens die every day from drug overdoses. Since 2000, the mortality rate for opioid overdoses has risen over 200 percent.

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Dr. Will Stadler on America's Opioid Crisis and Opioid Epidemic

by Cerner Corporation | Dr. William Stadler
October 24, 2017
In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we discuss how health care providers can combat the opioid crisis. Listen here.

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Using Big Data to Advance the Athletic Training Industry

by Kevin Ricks
October 23, 2017
With sports medicine, athletic trainers and data analytics, athletes are improving their health outcomes. Read how here.

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The Patient in All of Us: Insights from Cerner’s Perspectives

by Melissa Hendricks
October 19, 2017
In the new issue of Perspectives, Cerner's thought leadership publication, we focus on the theme of patient experience. Read here.

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6 Key Considerations of Value-Based Care Strategies

by Ryan Hamilton
October 18, 2017
Successful organizations focus on six aspects of population health, laddering up to a value-based care strategy. Read here.

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Governance Strategies for Health Care Organizations

by Cerner Corporation | Dr. Louis Krenn
October 17, 2017
In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we discuss effective governance strategies for hospital leadership. Listen here. 

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What Cloud Technology Means for Rural Health Care Organizations

by Michael Farrell
October 16, 2017
Cloud-based EHR technology allows rural health care providers to focus on and care for the patient. Read how here.

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