MIT Medical will be adopting an integrated clinical, financial and population health management system from Cerner, a global leader in health care technology. The Cerner Millennium® electronic health record (EHR) is designed to support an individual's health care journey across the continuum with robust patient engagement.
"Cerner will help MIT Medical interact much more seamlessly with our patients, enhancing their experience of care," said Dr. Cecilia Stuopis, medical director at MIT Medical. "We expect that the system's increased efficiency for our providers, frontline staff and business office will eliminate many of the day-to-day frustrations our employees now experience."
MIT Medical serves more than 20,000 Massachusetts Institute Technology students, faculty, staff and retirees, as well as members of their families. Cerner's comprehensive suite of integrated health care IT solutions will support MIT Medical's clinical processes and health management across its two locations in Cambridge and Lexington, Mass.
"The Cerner platform will allow us to house data in one integrated database that can be accessed by both our EHR and scheduling and billing platforms," said Shelagh Joyce, MIT Medical's director of information services. "The system will also enable us to connect electronically to other health care institutions, give our clinicians equally good access across desktop and mobile platforms and offer a more function-rich patient portal."
Through Cerner Millennium, a single patient portal will connect patients with the hospital and physician practices, which will provide patients with the tools to take a more proactive role in managing their health care.
"We're looking forward to the many ways this new system will improve our patient experience here at MIT Medical," said Stuopis. "Patients will be able to contribute information about their health on an ongoing basis and have it integrated directly into the health record. We'll be able to launch video visits for some types of care, allowing patients and providers to interact directly without needing to come to MIT Medical for a visit."
In addition to the Cerner Millennium EHR, MIT Medical will be implementing Cerner's HealthelntentSM population health management platform. HealtheIntent aggregates and normalizes data from various sources in near real-time and is designed to provide clinicians with meaningful data to identify and stratify populations to locate gaps in care.
Through this process, a longitudinal record is established for individuals within a population. HealtheIntent is also engineered to engage patients beyond the hospital setting and help providers manage outcomes, aiming to improve the overall health of the community.
"One of the most compelling things about Cerner is that their own clinicians use the software they develop. It's very unique to find a technology provider with that kind of front-line health care experience," Joyce said.
The HealtheIntent platform is designed to create a single, comprehensive view of an individual's experiences across the continuum of health and care.
"We're excited to bring technology to MIT Medical that will help engage their students, faculty, staff and retirees in their health care," said Zane Burke, president of Cerner. "Our solutions will support their clinical processes, facilitate proactive patient health management and assisting clinicians in providing value-based care to the MIT community."