Kaleida Health rolls out 1st features of new $125M Cerner EHR

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health launched new nursing and provider documentation services as the first two components of its Cerner EHR upgrade.

The upgrades are part of Kaleida Health's multiyear, $125 million transition to Cerner's EHR, which is in its second year of the implementation process. Under the new electronic records system, patient medical data will be available across Kaleida Health's six hospitals and three long-term care facilities in a single patient record. Patient information on the EHR can also be made available to out-of-state providers.

More than 400 Kaleida Health providers attended mandatory training sessions to learn about the new EHR features prior to its go-live.

"This is a patient-centered, clinically driven project to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve," Kaleida Health CMO David Hughes, MD, said in a news release emailed to Becker's Hospital Review. "Representatives of all medical specialties and nursing worked with experts from Cerner to set priorities and design the improvements our clinicians wanted before any changes were made to the system."

Buffalo-based Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, a nonprofit healthcare entity comprised of Kaleida Health and University at Buffalo, among other organizations, is also transitioning to Cerner's EHR.

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