MedStar Health and Cerner recently announced an expanded partnership with a seven-year agreement that will streamline operations, help improve the quality of patient care, and develop technologies that align with MedStar’s vision to be the trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health.
The new alignment will allow access to all Cerner solutions and services throughout MedStar’s 10 hospitals and 3,000 plus beds, as well as the ambulatory and post-acute network. Cerner will provide MedStar an expanded enterprise EHR that will provide clinicians seamless access to patient information across the continuum of care.
“Our new partnership represents an opportunity to change the future of care delivery,” says Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, president and CEO of MedStar. “With our mix of clinical and IT expertise, we can proactively develop innovative solutions that adapt to the ever changing health care landscape while meeting the needs of our patients and their families.”
In addition, Cerner will provide an onsite, Maryland-based team to collaborate on the execution of MedStar’s IT goals.
MedStar and Cerner have been partners since 1999. As part of the new long-term strategic agreement, Cerner and MedStar will focus on optimizing, extending and leveraging MedStar’s IT footprint, working collaboratively to integrate data and process in order to deliver the highest quality and most cost-effective health care possible. Further, Cerner and MedStar together will work on joint innovation and performance improvement initiatives.
“Our enhanced agreement will reinforce MedStar’s position as one of the nation’s top health systems,” says Neal Patterson, chairman and CEO of Cerner Corporation. “We’re proud to continue our relationship with MedStar and look forward to shared work that delivers an even higher standard of care for the communities that MedStar serves.”
Through the new alliance with Cerner, MedStar plans to further the work of the MedStar Institute for Innovation by aligning more closely around technology innovation.