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by Cerner Corporation
Published on January 29, 2018

Crawford Memorial Hospital (CMH) has selected Cerner to implement a new integrated electronic health record (EHR) across its acute and ambulatory facilities. This new collaboration provides the hospital with a sophisticated EHR and innovative system that will support CMH as it works to streamline and improve patient care.

"CMH has made a substantial commitment to invest in advanced health care technology and we have made good on that promise by selecting Cerner,” said Doug Florkowski, CEO, CMH. “Cerner’s EHR paired with our highly trained and caring staff will transform patient care in Crawford County. An integrated platform that houses everything in one place for our physicians, along with a strategic vision for community hospitals, made Cerner a clear choice in advancing the health care of our community.”

CMH will transition to the Cerner Millennium® EHR, a health care IT platform designed to support an individual’s health care 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 CMH providers with a digital record of their patients’ health history, including clinical and financial data. This will give providers a more complete, near real-time view of the patient. 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.

“Cerner is excited to provide technology that supports CMH’s vision to provide sophisticated, quality-oriented and family-centered health services that meet the needs of the community,” said Zane Burke, president, Cerner. “Our integrated health record will help CMH continue to provide cost-effective, high-quality health care to the people of Crawford County.”

The Cerner CommunityWorks℠ cloud-based deployment model will support CMH as it works to improve health services and care to the community. This deployment model tailors Cerner Millennium to support the unique needs of community health care organizations. The CommunityWorks model will support CMH’s 25-bed critical access hospital with three rural health clinics providing long-term care, rehabilitation services and home health services.

“CMH is already a progressive critical access hospital in the state of Illinois and their potential for continued growth is tremendous with the support of Cerner’s integrated EHR,” said Michael Farrell, vice president, CommunityWorks, Cerner. “We look forward to a strong relationship with CMH in the years to come, powered by their excellent leadership and desire to provide outstanding care for their patients and community.”

CMH 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.

“Cerner has stood out for its commitment to values that line up with our mission here at CMH: To provide, and continuously improve, high quality, cost effective health care services,” said Florkowski. “Cerner truly understands the needs of our community and will help us deliver exceptional health care services to the great people of Crawford County and beyond. Working together as a team, we will advance the health of the community we proudly serve.”