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.
This country is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic as millions of Americans struggle with pain and addiction. Recent headlines have brought this issue to the forefront and sparked a desperately needed national conversation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, more than any year on record.
“We are enthusiastic to replace our diverse platforms with one system that will house collective information from virtually every component of our organization.”
— Jerry Fedele, president and CEO, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Hans Buitendijk is a Senior Strategist at Cerner. For over 30 years, he's been solving the challenges of interoperability and integrating health information systems into the daily workflow of clinicians. His main focus is bridging the discussions between our application capabilities with the need to access and exchange data across systems.
In a recent article appearing in Health Management Technology, Cerner Senior Director of Interoperability, Kashif Rathore discussed several key topics within the current state of interoperability and its future outlook. What follows are sections from Kashif’s recent article.
“Cerner cares about interoperability because they’ve shown it with their resources and with their commitment to make health information exchanges viable.”
— Mike Dittemore, Executive Director, LACIE
Two hospitals add the power of Surescripts Medication History for Reconciliation to their EHR software, Cerner’s PowerChart®.
“By the application being contextually aware, the provider gets to the answer they’re looking for a lot quicker, providing them with more time to care for the patient.”
— Louis Krenn, MD, CMIO, CoxHealth
Cerner Connectivity Hub solutions enable providers to share various types of clinical data including orders, results, clinical documents, images, immunizations and prescriptions while meeting Meaningful Use requirements.
Cerner Health Information Exchange allows providers to view and exchange patient data, regardless of their EHR. Allowing aggregation of patient clinical data and exchange of CCDs, PDFs, HL7 messages, scanned documents, H&Ps, discharge summaries and clinical notes.
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 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.
Reference Lab Network leverages current functionality in the Cerner Network to connect acute and reference labs. Reference Lab Network uses one standard connection, eliminating the need for point-to-point connections from providers to contracted performing labs.
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 spending time to collect medical record print-outs or rely 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.