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by Cerner Corporation
Published on January 19, 2018

Astria Health has selected Cerner to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR) across its organization, which spans the Yakima Valley in the state of Washington.

"Working closely with Cerner will help advance Astria Health’s vision to deliver comprehensive, quality care to improve health in the communities we serve,” said Mark Lauteren, CIO, Astria Health. “As a nonprofit, every dollar we earn is reinvested into providing high-quality health care and services; it is reassuring to know that Cerner will support this mission and their health care solutions will aid in the efficiency of our health system.”

Astria Health will transition to the Cerner Millennium® EHR, a health care IT platform designed to support an individual’s journey across the continuum – from the doctor’s office to the hospital and outpatient clinics – with consistent patient engagement. The Cerner Millennium system will provide Astria Health physicians with a platform to support the digital record of their patients’ health history, including clinical and financial data. Through the new online patient portal, patients will be able to securely message physicians, schedule appointments, view and settle balances and access their health history.

“We are proud to offer health IT solutions to support Astria Health’s mission to build sustainable health care organizations that deliver comprehensive quality care to improve the health of their community,” said Zane Burke, president, Cerner. “An integrated health record will help Astria Health physicians and staff improve health outcomes for the people they serve.”

The Cerner CommunityWorks℠ cloud-based deployment model for Cerner Millennium is tailored to support the unique needs of community health care organizations. The model will provide an integrated EHR to Astria Health’s three organizations in the Yakima Valley: Astria Sunnyside Hospital, Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Toppenish Hospital.

“Astria Health has a strong vision to continue growth and provide high-quality care,” said Michael Farrell, vice president, CommunityWorks, Cerner. “Supported by an integrated EHR from Cerner, all of Astria Health’s facilities and venues of care will communicate unlike before, providing the foundation for improved health services for the communities they serve.”

Astria Health will now be able to integrate clinical and financial information into one patient record with revenue cycle management solutions in Cerner Millennium. Cerner’s Clinically Driven Revenue Cycle™ supports clinicians and staff with the resources to update the billing process throughout a patient’s visit and enhance clinical documentation to help improve reimbursement and limit claims errors.

“Astria Health is committed to growth and innovation of health services throughout the region,” said John Gallagher, president and CEO, Astria Health. “Cerner is a leader in health care technology and will support Astria Health in continuing this innovation into the future, helping connect all of our organizations into a unified health system to provide our patients with the health care services they deserve.”

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