Supporting an open, collaborative environment that puts the patient first.
Interoperability is at the core of everything we do. We’ve always led the healthcare industry forwards by promoting standards and guidance that support open and interoperable approaches. Our solutions are built to be interoperable because, when it comes to healthcare, access to information can mean the difference between life and death. In Ireland we are working closely with the HSE and our fellow eHealth Ireland programme partners such as HealthLink – giving GPs access to acute patient data at the point of care – to improve the patient experience and quality of care. Over in the UK, we were one of the first signatories of techUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter, we co-founded the UK’s INTEROpen interoperability industry group while championing the use of SMART® on FHIR® open standards in Europe and around the world.
Cerner has been active in promoting interoperability worldwide. In 2013, we co-founded the CommonWell Health Alliance to engage the healthcare industry, and we were a founding organisation of the Argonaut Project, working with HL7 to establish the FHIR interoperability standards to speed up market adoption. We also helped lead the Direct Project in the US, which creates standards and documentation for exchanging secure messages.
Our commitment to interoperability has been demonstrated over many years around the world with the adoption of our Health Information Exchange (HIE), which enables our clients to securely view and exchange patient data, regardless of whether it’s in our EHR or not. Importantly for our clients, our HIE is embedded for clinicians’ use in their own EHR through a contextual link to several leading healthcare supplier solutions, including EMIS, TPP, INPS, RiO, and others, with additional suppliers and solutions being constantly added.
At Cerner, we firmly support techUK’s interoperability charter and the principles contained therein. We believe that in order to deliver real integrated health and care, it should be a fundamental patient right that their data can flow to the appropriate place where it is needed for health or care regardless of provider or venue.
“Community View [HIE] has radically changed the way I practice and revolutionised how my colleagues work.”
— Dr Osman Bhatti, GP and informatics lead, Tower Hamlets CCG
“Being able to demonstrate that their tools are being developed toward interoperability and that they can facilitate it has been an important part of Cerner and the relationship with their clients.”
— Mitzi Cardenas, senior vice president and chief information officer, Truman Medical Center
The HIEs managed by Barts Health NHS Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been linked to provide a joined-up information exchange that now includes 183 GP practices, the East London Foundation Trust and three local community services in East London covering Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets and City & Hackney CCGs. Together this has created the East London Patient Record. Out of the over 89,000 patient record requests made from Barts Health and Homerton hospitals in the region over a six-month period, 31 percent of the searches returned data from the other hospital’s linked information exchange, demonstrating the value of joining up across adjacent regions for patient care. Planning is under way to link up other Cerner HIE instances and other HIE-based solutions across the capital to improve care co-ordination, quality and safety.
Cerner plays an active role around the world helping to establish, promote and adopt standards that improve the interoperability of solutions in the market. Examples of our support include:
We work closely with HealthLink in Ireland to support sharing of patient data between GPs and hospitals to inform care decisions – ultimately as part of the Irish eHealth ecosystem.
In the UK, Cerner supports universities in health informatics. Our staff teach on health informatics MSc courses and at university events. Cerner has a formal partnership with UCL, where we fund a PhD student, as well as providing internships and sponsoring an MSc dissertation prize in UCL’s Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME).
Cerner has an elected member on the techUK trade body, where we have championed standards for interoperability and for data access. Cerner was one of the first signatories of techUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter.
Building on being a founding partner for Project Argonaut in HL7 for FHIR® standards, Cerner has championed these standards in the UK and we co-founded the UK’s INTEROpen interoperability industry group.
Here are some of the key roles that our people undertake in the UK health system in order to progress health informatics standards:
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