Plumas District Hospital (PDH) is excited to announce a significant technology upgrade to better serve Plumas County and surrounding areas of northeastern California. Beginning this fall, the hospital will move to Cerner Millennium®, a world class electronic health record (EHR) that offers doctors, clinicians and patients digital access to medical records and health histories. Cerner Corporation will work alongside PDH leadership to replace several disjointed EHR systems and applications with a single cohesive and secure system.
The new EHR will help physicians and clinicians reduce the burden of charting by replacing at least eight other software applications with one unified system. Additionally, through a new online portal, patients will be able to securely message their health provider, schedule appointments, view and settle financial balances and access their own health history.
“We came to understand that in order to meet our patients’ needs and continue to provide excellent care, we needed to move to an efficient and user-friendly EHR,” said JoDee Tittle, MBA, CEO, PDH. “Cerner’s CommunityWorksSM offering proved to be well-suited for a hospital of our size to bring the most value to our patients and community.”
CommunityWorks, a cloud-based delivery model, is designed to accommodate the unique needs of community, critical access and specialty hospitals. Rural health clinics can be vulnerable to funding challenges, which leaves many of these health systems faced with making tough decisions when it comes to budget versus innovation. Cerner helps ease that challenge, offering rural hospitals and health systems full access to its EHR to provide high-quality care with a predictable cost of ownership, proving an economical business model for rural health care.
Switching to Cerner gives PDH clinicians access to the most current technology, without the IT operational burden associated with system updates, enhancements and code upgrades. This clinical integration can also help enhance patient safety through increased accuracy.
“PDH is committed to enhancing care and streamlining the patient experience in their community. We are proud to support their vision by providing a fully integrated EHR,” said Mitchell Clark, president, CommunityWorks, Cerner. “Working together to meet the shared goals of our organizations will ultimately increase the sharing of data throughout the hospital and improve the quality of care delivered to the people of Quincy and neighboring communities.”
With Cerner technology, PDH will be able to transform the care it provides to more than 10,000 community residents. The new EHR will be used throughout PDH and its two rural health clinics, Plumas Rural Health Center and Indian Valley Medical Clinic. The system is slated to go live by the end 2019.