Cerner and Children's National Health System, an international leader in pediatric health, have expanded their relationship to implement a suite of revenue cycle management solutions.
Children's National and Cerner will integrate Millennium Revenue CycleSM, a patient-centric financial management offering designed to optimize provider and user workflow, with the existing Cerner electronic health record (EHR) and scheduling platform across the 313-bed pediatric hospital and more than 50 outpatient facilities.
"We're pleased with the success our relationship with Cerner has produced, and we're confident these expanded offerings will continue to support our organization,"" said Dr. Brian Jacobs, vice president, CMIO and CIO, Children's National. "Incorporating financial data with our clinical systems, all on the same platform, makes sense and provides an integrated billing, analytics and decision support experience.""
Cerner's Clinically Driven Revenue CycleSM is designed to support clinicians and staff to update the billing, collection and analytics processes throughout the patient's visit, enhance clinical documentation to help improve reimbursement and limit claims errors. Patients will benefit from the streamlined financial experience, including visibility of their financial liability from a single source.
Children's National and Cerner began working together in 2005 with the implementation of the Cerner Millennium® EHR, which met the unique needs of children and helped clinicians make more informed decisions to improve pediatric care. The relationship strengthened in September 2013, when Children's National entered into a multi-year strategic alignment with Cerner to establish The Bear Institute, the first pediatric health IT institute.
"Our innovative relationship with Children's National through The Bear Institute offers us a unique opportunity to work toward improved delivery of care for the industry," said Zane Burke, president of Cerner. "We're committed to delivering additional results and helping Children's National provide high quality care and experience."
Since its founding, The Bear Institute has resulted in health technology innovations like highly visible Quality Boards that display near real-time quality and safety indicators based on patient information. In a peer-reviewed study published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, researchers found the Quality Boards helped clinicians in the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit decrease the average time from admission to treatment consent, lower the percentage of patients with urinary catheters in place for more than 96 hours, reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections and improve completion of medication reconciliation.