Supporting an open, collaborative environment that puts the patient first
Our leaders are committed to harnessing innovation that support open and interoperable platforms. Our solutions and platforms enable the free flow of information access across disparate system and health care entities improving data exchange and supporting an open collaborative development community shaping the way we make health care better.
Innovation. Collaboration. Interoperability. Scale. Speed. These elements are necessary to meet the demands of the evolving health care landscape. The process of transforming the future of health care is complex, and embracing openness ─ in platforms, technology and culture ─ is a key to getting where we need to go.
At Winona Health, we exchanged more than a million pieces of data in the past year, which is a lot of information for a town of 27,000 people. We’re a nonprofit health care organization in Minnesota with more than 90 providers and 13 specialties, a 49-bed hospital and a 110-bed nursing home.
When a patient arrives at a health care organization, they are greeted by a nurse who asks a series of questions and collects a number of documents as part of the admission process. While providing this information is crucial for receiving quality care, chances are the patient has been through this process already at least once during a previous care encounter.
On this episode, the third in a four-part series on the opioid epidemic, we’re joined by Kashif Rathore, Cerner’s vice president of interoperability, and Ken Whittemore Jr., vice president of Professional and Regulatory Affairs at Surescripts.
In this episode, we’re joined by Sarah Toy-Ding and Tiffany Shields, enterprise clinical informaticists at CommonSpirit Health in Chicago – a system of hospitals and other care centers covering 21 states.
Cerner Corporation offers Lights On Network® as a part of our comprehensive family of smart health care solutions. Lights On Network® makes it easy to view essential predefined selected metrics that are vital to maximizing the impact of your electronic medical record. We provide this analytical cloud-based solution free of charge as part of an ongoing commitment to our clients and the improvement of health care in communities around the world.
Cerner's platforms are open and extensible, enabling clients to modify and customize extensions to help meet business needs like patient education, and workflow efficiencies to reduce costs and improve care. Clients can work with toolkits and extensions such as MPages, innovation toolkits, advisories and Cerner Command Language.
Cerner is a founding member of the CommonWell Health Alliance, which is advancing interoperability by connecting systems nationwide and making health data available no matter where care occurs.
Cerner’s Device Connectivity solutions use a workflow-driven, open architecture platform designed to support interoperability between validated medical devices and the EHR, regardless of vendor. With more than 50 validated device partners and 1,000 supported devices, we are continuously working toward improving communication between medical devices and systems, including making sure our devices follow the latest industry standards.
Cerner Interoperability makes data flow freely using standards, network connections and nationwide exchange to give clinicians access to relevant information regardless of source and support data sharing across the continuum. With a more complete picture of the person, we empower clinicians to make better care decisions and plan appropriate care.
Cerner’s industry-leading EHR analytics solution, Lights On Network, provides data-driven analysis to help you understand which interoperability methods are used across your organization. Measure near real-time data such as orders received, results sent, messages exchanged and electronic prescription usage to determine the impact of interoperability as your organization moves from paper processes to newer technologies.
Cerner’s open platforms, open technologies and open business approach enable innovative collaboration and the development of apps that fulfill edge needs. Our open application programming interfaces, called Cerner Ignite APIs, allow your organization to integrate apps directly into your workflows at the point of care.
Interoperability is the ability for information that advances patient care to flow freely between health care entities regardless of the technology platform in place or where the care was provided. It allows health care professionals to access, view and share patient information, such as past problems, allergies, medications, immunizations, lab results and more with other providers in order to effectively treat patients across vendor, geographical and technological boundaries.
By sharing data with other providers, your organization is able to get a holistic view of a patient’s record and be operationally efficient. Providers are able to pull aggregated patient information from different sources, protect patient privacy, increase communication between other providers, eliminate printing and mail costs, and more. This approach frees patients from needing to spend time collecting paper copies of their medical records or relying on memory for past treatments. Providers can make quicker, better informed decisions regarding patients' care and focus more on keeping them healthy.
Cerner is a leader in pushing the health care industry forward by promoting standards and guidance that support open and interoperable approaches. We have engaged in initiatives such as:
Cerner's solutions are flexible and configurable in order to meet the requirements of multiple health care perspectives, needs, approaches, organizations and communities.
Beyond this, there are benefits for providers and patients. Interoperability facilitates:
APIs have transformed almost every other industry and we believe they can do the same for health care! APIs allow technical solutions to talk to one another in the same language. With APIs new apps can be created that leverage existing platforms.
Cerner Ignite APIs is the name for Cerner’s open APIs that allow outside apps to be integrated with Cerner’s open platforms. Our open APIs ignite innovation and collaboration among a broader community of developers, enabling the creation of new technology that unlocks opportunities to advance health care interoperability.
Besides enabling the ability to connect different apps to your EHR, Cerner Ignite APIs is also a major part of enabling fulfillment of Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) requirements for consumer API access.
In MU3, two objectives address the requirement for a consumer API. Objective 5, Electronic access to health information, requires that “the provider ensures the patient’s health information is available for the patient (or patient-authorized representative) to access using any application of their choice that is configured to meet the technical specifications of the API in the provider’s CEHRT.” In order to provide patients with API access, Our Cerner Millennium domain will need an API available.
Whether you’re preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) consumer API requirements, or have an app in mind that you want to integrate, implementing Ignite APIs is a simple process.
It requires a low-impact project to connect your Cerner Millennium environment with the Cerner Cloud. To get started, contact your Client Results Executive (CRE) and make him or her aware if you have a specific app that you want to integrate into your EHR or if you just want to set up the API initially to fulfill MU3 requirements.