Children's Mercy Kansas City to implement systemwide Cerner EHR, collaborate with IT team

Children's Mercy Kansas City (Mo.) expanded its 14-year partnership with Cerner, the two healthcare organizations announced Feb. 8.

Under the agreement, Children's Mercy Kansas City will implement Cerner's full suite of health IT solutions based on the Cerner Millennium EHR architecture. The single integrated system will enable clinicians to make data-driven decisions during a patient's care journey, rather than relying on disparate platforms throughout the facility.

Children's Mercy Kansas City and Cerner will also establish a joint education program to enable employees from both organizations to shadow one another. Cerner employees will be able to learn how care is delivered at the bedside, while Children's Mercy Kanas City clinicians will be able to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in developing health IT solutions, according to the organizations.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to work side-by-side with our neighbors at Cerner to evolve how care is delivered to the children in our community," said Karen S. Cox, PhD, RN, executive vice president and COO at Children's Mercy Kansas City.

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