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Cerner & VA Achieve Historic Milestone for Veteran Health Care
Cerner Corporation and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the historic and successful first deployment of a modern electronic health record (EHR) at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA. This is the first time in history three federal departments are using the same EHR — a historic milestone toward improving the secure and seamless exchange of health information across the federal government.

Cerner’s Partnership with Veteran Service and Military Family Organizations

Cerner is building relationships with Veteran service and military family organizations that align with Cerner values and are making a real impact at the national, regional and local levels. Through these strategic partnerships, we seek to advance the progress our Cerner Government Services’ clients are making on behalf of Veterans, Service members and their families and ultimately make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives. Quite simply, we want to give back to the community and stakeholders we have the privilege to serve.

Elizabeth Dole Foundation empowers, supports, and honors our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers; the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured Veterans.

Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being. The mission of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation is to strengthen and empower America’s military caregivers and their families by raising public awareness, driving research, championing policy, and leading collaborations that make a significant impact on their lives.

HillVets is a community of Veterans, Service members, and their supporters interested in governance, international affairs, policy and politics. They strive to open doors for their members and to provide them with contacts, education, and resources to continue positive career progression.

Their mission is to serve the community of Veterans, Service members, and supporters in the Nation’s Capital with opportunity, mentorship, housing, peer support, and training in their pursuit of continued service in government.

MFAN is known for providing valued research for policy makers and to improve services and outcomes for modern military families. In July, MFAN released a comprehensive understanding of the needs of military and veteran families in areas impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic such as financial readiness, mental health, food insecurity, moving and housing, utilization of telehealth options, and intimate partner violence. Our partnership informs Cerner’s research and programmatic efforts within our broader suicide prevention initiative.

Psych Hub is the world's largest online platform for digital mental health education. They launched the free Mental Health Resource Hub, which includes written, visual, and video resources focused on maintaining well-being and coping with mental health concerns.

Cerner joined the Resource Hub Coalition, joining Psych Hub, mental health advocacy groups, large health care industry partners, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal is to empower individuals, families, and health care professionals to prioritize mental health and take necessary actions when needed.

Life Aid Research Institute raises money to provide military Veterans and first responders with targeted and personalized mental health treatments. Life Aid studies new technologies and whole health therapies in order to treat the health of the brain, reduce mental health symptoms and prevent suicide in military Veterans and first responders.

Cerner joined the Life Aid Research Institute in March 2020 as the founding sponsor. Together we play a critical role in reducing suicide and engaging Veterans and first responders before they are in crisis, receiving the mental health services they have earned. By bringing together these two communities, their families and caregivers, we are re-forging the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood often lost after leaving active duty.

Cerner Gives Back

Cerner is honored to recognize Veterans Day, National Veterans and Military Families Month, as well as National Native Americans Heritage Month during the month of November. As our way of giving back, Cerner is partnering with several organizations across the country where our associates are getting involved with service projects to help meet the growing needs in local communities. Here are examples of some of those organizations:

Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude seeks to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. Volunteers provide support from their homes for Veterans and first responders by assembling care packages, writing letters of thank you, making paracord bracelets, and donating beanie babies.

The Mission Continues connects Veterans with under-resourced communities by empowering Veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with Veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact. The vision of The Mission Continues is for Veterans to gain the skills they need in order to serve in communities to effect lasting change. Through that service, they will find the purpose, connection and impact they desire after they leave the military. Those elements, particularly social connection, are a protective factor against mental health challenges and suicide.

Cerner's Commitment to U.S. Veterans, Military Families and Caregivers

Cerner is proud to support hundreds of Veterans and reservists working with us to transform health care. We recognize the many contributions made by Veterans and the tremendous value they bring to our team. We also salute caregivers and military family advocates for their courage and advice to ensure their needs are front and center with a modernized electronic health record.

Cerner Government Advisory Board

Cerner understands we cannot solve health care challenges for federal agencies alone. It will take collaboration with outside experts and influencers to enhance Cerner’s experience and help us develop leading-edge solutions and innovations.

Cerner Government Services has established a diverse group of experts and thought leaders under the Cerner Government Advisory Board to provide direction on development, sustainment and outreach within the federal government, health care industry, Veteran and military communities, and service organizations.

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