Intermountain Healthcare announced this morning that it has chosen Cerner as a strategic partner for its 22 hospitals and 185 clinics. Intermountain will install Cerner’s clinical and revenue cycle applications.
Intermountain announced in January 2013 that it would not renew a much-publicized relationship with GE Healthcare because the systems they were building together were deficient in CPOE, clinical documentation, and coding/billing integration.
I spoke to Don Trigg (SVP and president of Cerner Health Ventures) and Neal Patterson (chairman and CEO) from Utah following the announcement. Trigg says the partnership may go well beyond electronic medical records specifically, potentially developing into a significant “accelerator for clinical computing in pursuit of high quality, low cost care.” Toward that end, Cerner will relocate several of its executives and employees to Salt Lake City, UT, including EVP Jeff Townsend.
Trigg and Patterson report that Brent James, MD, MStat, executive director at Intermountain Institute for Health Care Delivery Research and Intermountain chief quality officer, will present a keynote address at Cerner Health Conference. CHC will be held October 6-9, 2013 in Kansas City, MO.
I will interview Neal Patterson during the conference.