Virginia's behavioral health department to deploy Cerner EHR

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services plans to implement a Cerner EHR across its 13 facilities.

The state agency will transition to Cerner Millennium, an EHR that centralizes a patient's health information from different care venues — including healthcare facilities focused on mental health, according to Cerner.

"Understanding a person's mental and physical health will give [Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services] providers the ability to effectively address the patient's needs and help them live a healthier life," Dan Schipfer, vice president and general manager of U.S. state and local government at Cerner, said in a news release.

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services will leverage the Cerner EHR to connect with its partner network of community services boards and private providers in the state.

"It is extremely important that state agencies like [the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services] are able to share patient information throughout their own organization, but they also need the tools that make it easier to connect with other providers and agencies in the region to support a holistic view of a person's well-being," Mr. Schipfer continued.

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