OMAK - Mid-Valley Hospital and Clinic’s new Cerner electronic health record system went live Sunday night, Oct. 13.
The new system provides Mid-Valley with an integrated, digital record of a patient’s health history that includes clinical and financial data across the continuum of care, said spokeswoman Mikaela Marion.
Through a new online portal, patients can securely message doctors, schedule appointments, view and settle balances, and access their health history. Proceeds from the 2015 general obligation bond are paying for the project.
“We could not have achieved this milestone without the support and assistance of our community,” said Alan Fisher, Mid-Valley CEO. “We look forward to continuing to provide the highest level of care that our community deserves.”
The Cerner platform will be deployed through Cerner CommunityWorksSM, a cloud-based model that is specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of critical access hospitals such as Mid-Valley, Marion said.
The process of selecting the system, implementing and training staff has been a two-year journey, and the organization is excited to be moving to a single platform across both facilities, she said.
There have been several rounds of integrated testing and build-out since January 2019, along with thousands of staff hours invested in making sure all facets of the system are running smoothly.
“I would like to thank our staff for going above and beyond during these last few months of our Cerner implementation,” said Holly Stanley, chief financial officer. “Their teamwork and passion truly show how dedicated they are to the success of Mid Valley Hospital and Clinic.”
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide that are dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities, according to the hospital. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations.
The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, plus a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs.