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Intermountain Healthcare Chooses Cerner

September 27, 2013 News 11 Comments

9-27-2013 10-20-33 AM

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.

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  1. Cerner spent a fortune to buy this account. Moving Townsend to Salt Lake? Wow. Can anyone offer up the inside scoop on all the details of the agreements?

  2. Sounds like a bunch of corporate BS: “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.””

  3. I hope Intermountain gets out the check book and begins to hire/invest/educate an army of report writers because their gonna need it to get the data they want out of Cerner, good luck with that one

  4. Sooo……. Banner Health, Adventist Health, Intermountain. By my count, that is about 70 hospitals just from those three systems alone. Cerner is certainly a force in the west, hard to be ignored.

    As much as we won’t hear Epic ever speak of this, I’m guessing they really wanted this one.

  5. Best of luck to Intermountain. The announcement and history sound as though they could have saved a lot of money naming Cerner outright winner a year ago. I hope they know what they’re getting into, I know very little about Cerner but know that Intermountain’s standards and expectations will push any vendor to the brink. These aren’t the old days where a sale was a sale. There’s a lot more at stake here for Cerner than just a contract.

  6. THE only 2 companies that had any shot at this business was Cerner and Epic. Intermountain is visionary. It makes since that Cerner won with points on big vision. Just sayin’.

  7. You might be surprised at the capabilities the current Cerner system offers up.
    At least Cerner clients have not had to endure bond rating downgrades as a result of spending obscene $$$ on Epic implementations.
    Intermountain is all about Analytics in support of superior care processes,
    That’s been a significant concentration of Cerner (and I’m not just talking PI EDW) unlike the folks in Madison.

  8. In the years I have been following Intermountain, I have never known them to buy on price. Ever. I have observed that they buy on vision, and strategy. I hear alot of noise about how Cerner must have given this work away in order to get this order. No. Intermountain would rather buy great vision at a high price than poor vision at fire sale price.

    That tells me that the guys at Cerner had something compelling to tell Intermountain. I am not affiliated with Cerner or Epic, for the record, and never have been.

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