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by Cerner Corporation
Published on April 5, 2018

Kern Medical, a 222-bed acute care teaching center in Bakersfield, California, has selected Cerner to implement the Cerner Millennium® integrated electronic health record (EHR) and Cerner HealtheIntentSM big data and insights platform for population health management to support improved health outcomes through an integrated platform and actionable health data.

"Kern Medical is committed to delivering safe, compassionate, high-quality care to our community and Cerner’s health IT solutions will help us continue to do so,” said Dr. Glenn Goldis, chief medical officer, Kern Medical. “Through this transformation, we will strive to provide an integrated approach toward improving the health and well-being of our community.”

Kern Medical will transition to the Cerner Millennium EHR, a health care IT platform designed to support an individual’s care journey across the continuum – from the doctor’s office to the hospital and outpatient clinics – with consistent patient engagement. Kern Medical made the choice based on their goal to have one, integrated and efficient platform to allow for seamless care across the enterprise. Through the new online patient portal, patients will be able to stay engaged in their care through securely messaging physicians, viewing and settling balances and accessing their health history.

“We’re excited to help Kern Medical promote wellness in their community by providing unified patient health data across the continuum of care,” said Zane Burke, president, Cerner. “Cerner’s integrated EHR and population health management platform will equip Kern Medical clinicians with actionable insights to help them improve the health of those they serve.”

Clinicians at Kern Medical will soon have actionable health information at their fingertips to improve patient care and become a data-driven organization. Cerner HealtheIntent is designed to aggregate data in near real-time from multiple sources to create a single, comprehensive view of an individual’s health care experiences, as well as the health care organization’s patient population, to inform clinical decision making. Kern Medical clinicians will receive support through meaningful data to help engage people beyond the hospital setting and manage health outcomes, with the aim of improving statewide health.

Kern Medical will also leverage Cerner HealtheIntent to support regulatory reporting requirements from the Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) program in California. With actionable data about individuals and populations, Kern Medical will continue their work with the PRIME program to improve the way care is delivered throughout the state to maximize the value to patients. In doing so, Kern Medical supports the development of a health care network focused on improving quality, reducing cost and enhancing access to patient care.

Cerner HealtheIntent will help Kern Medical physicians have deeper insights into their patient population so they can engage patients and the extended care team to take action,” said Ryan Hamilton, senior vice president, Population Health, Cerner. “A population health approach will assist Kern Medical in managing the health of its community one person at a time, empowering patients in their health care and enhancing the patient experience.”

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