Adventist Health chooses Cerner for revenue cycle, cloud-based clinical apps

EHR maker to host the software in expanded partnership and handle day-today management of the apps.
By Bernie Monegain
01:11 PM
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Adventist Health in Roseville, California. Photo via Google Maps

Roseville, California-based Adventist Health executives announced the health system would hand over its revenue cycle management services to health IT giant Cerner. 
 
With this new engagement, Cerner will assume day-to-day management of Adventist Health’s revenue cycle and also its clinical applications. 

Adventist is not alone in moving applications into a hosted datacenter environment. More and more hospitals, in fact, are subscribing to cloud-based services for analytics, EHRs, clinical decision support and revenue cycle, among others.

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Technology consultancy IDC projected that overall spending on cloud services is poised to double by 2021 to surpass $530 billion. 

Adventist is a nonprofit integrated health system that serves more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. The health system and Cerner already work together, but Adventist Health CEO Scott Reiner said the expanded partnership will help the health system create a patient journey that can scale as its mission evolves to the benefit of patients and communities. 

Jeff Townsend, executive vice president and chief of staff for Cerner, said the additional Cerner work with Adventist makes for a more aligned and embedded partnership.

Revenue cycle management has become one of Cerner’s sweet spots. In announcing the third quarter 2017 results in October, Cerner President Zane Burke highlighted the potential.

“We have meaningful growth opportunities in revenue cycle and population health, where our solutions and services help our clients navigate the shift from fee-for-service reimbursement to reimbursement based on value and quality,” Burke said.

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