University Medical Center (UMC) Health System and Cerner Corp. has announced a 10-year extended and enhanced relationship to align EHR and Clinical IT teams at UMC, Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock and UMC Physicians Network Services.
Under the new alignment, UMC will work with Cerner to further implement the shared digital patient record, automate additional clinical workflows including endoscopy and oncology and create a single communications platform across the three organizations. The new solutions, new platform and new workflows will bring an even deeper level of continuity of care as well as position UMC for the future of health care including changes anticipated with health reform and regulatory requirements. UMC, Tech, PNS and Cerner have worked together for more than a decade.
“We see Cerner as a partner that is dedicated to helping us achieve the outcomes we strive for: quality, safety and continuity of care,” said Bill Eubanks, chief information officer and senior vice president, UMC. “Today’s health care requires separate organizations to work closely as a team, and in our case that’s UMC, Texas Tech Physicians and PNS. With Cerner, our providers are better able to serve patients across all three entities.”
EHR Alignment Project Details
Cerner and UMC, based in Lubbock, Texas, will organize a value creation team to facilitate several projects each year to proactively assess risk, review processes and identify innovative ways to improve outcomes.
Working on these initiatives will be a team comprised of 50 members from UMC, Texas Tech Physicians and PNS. In addition, as part of the long-term relationship with Cerner, several full-time Cerner associates will be embedded in Lubbock to serve as liaisons and knowledge experts, supported by a dedicated Cerner team in Kansas City, Mo.