Children's National, Cerner Partner for Health IT Institute

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., has announced a partnership with Cerner to develop the nation's first research institute devoted to health IT.

The Bear Institute will focus on a variety of health IT issues, such as linking genomic profiles to decision support tools to further personalize care, automatically matching patients to appropriate clinical trials and developing consumer-facing web- and mobile-based platforms to increase patient engagement. The institute will also help develop a fully integrated electronic health record system for use by clinicians, families, researchers and educators affiliated with Children's National.

"If we are to achieve healthier societies, we will need innovation in two critical areas: information technology and the health and well-being of children. As information technology becomes more central to delivering world-class care, we see an opportunity to lead IT practice for children's health," said Kurt Newman, president and CEO of Children's National, in the release.

"We share this vision with Cerner, and that shared vision was the determining factor in the selection of Children's National to be the partner for the Bear Institute. Together, we will serve as innovators for children and families," he said.

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