Cerner and Advocate Health Care Take Bold Steps to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Safety
KANSAS CITY, Mo., and CHICAGO, April 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today Cerner (CERN) (Nasdaq:CERN) and the Midwest's largest health system, Advocate Health Care, announced a collaboration to create new data-driven models designed to improve patient health outcomes and safety. This unique partnership will combine Cerner's health care technology and data management capability with Advocate's population risk and clinical integration expertise, to develop predictive models and advanced analytic tools to enhance the care of patients across the entire continuum.
Over the last 10 years, Advocate has earned a reputation as a national leader in clinical integration. Together, the organizations will develop a cloud solution that will integrate all of Advocate's data silos, including administrative and electronic health information. This data will then be used to create predictive models for patient outcomes before they occurleading to early interventions.
"This agreement takes our pursuit of excellence in health outcomes to the next level," said Lee Sacks executive vice president and chief medical officer, Advocate Health Care. "Together we are developing a health management platform that allows us to deliver the best coordinated, quality and proactive care for our patients."
The partnership will initially focus on predicting and reducing incidents, such as readmissions and hospital acquired conditions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has focused its attention on these events by introducing financial penalties for poor performance. The collaboration will progress to develop health and care delivery models that will strive to prevent and manage complications from chronic disease.
Overall the partnership will serve as a model for health care organizations seeking a team-based approach to care that effectively manages patients across multiple sites of care.
"The future of health care will be much more precise in diagnosing the problem, predicting complications and treating with proven care plans," Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman, CEO and co-founder said. "The single biggest way to save substantial dollars in health care is to prevent things that are avoidable. From a personal perspective, I want to know my risk factors and what I can do today to avoid complications or chronic disease in the future."
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we've learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.
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About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, named among the nation's top health systems, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children's hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care),two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $474 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2010.
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