Intermountain signs sweeping EHR deal
‘This is a landmark deal not just because of the potential size’SALT LAKE CITY | September 30, 2013
Intermountain Healthcare, a healthcare system known for its leadership and attention to quality, has signed a multi-year contract with Cerner to deploy Cerner’s electronic medical record and revenue cycle technology across all of Intermountain’s hospitals and clinics.
Intermountain is known around the world for its laser focus on care quality and its pioneering work with data analytics.
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"This is a landmark deal not just because of the potential size, but because Intermountain is widely regarded as a forward thinking organization, and will likely influence future decisions down the road," writes Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst Sean Wieland in a brief on Sept. 27, the same day Intermountain executives announced their plans.
"We have very set ideas on how we think these systems should work, and we feel very passionately about it," said Intermountain CIO Marc Probst, in a video announcement. "Intermountain is committed to being innovative in the area of information systems."
Cerner’s open architecture technology was critical to Intermountain’s decision to partner with the EHR vendor, Probst said. Among other advantages, the open architecture will allow for the addition of the new Intermountain content.
The nonprofit healthcare system includes 22 hospitals, a medical group with more than 185 physician clinics, and an affiliated health insurance company, SelectHealth, all operated on an in-house developed clinical system.
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On the East Coast, Boston-based Partners HealthCare is undergoing a similar changeover, pulling out its homegrown system for one from Epic.
"It was a competitive bakeoff between Epic and Cerner," writes Wieland in his analysis. "Cerner prevailed," he says, "because of its capabilities in the areas of population health management, predictive analytics and commitment to open architecture, in addition to having a comparable set of workflow tools."
"This alliance will help Intermountain to continue its focus on providing high quality care," said Charles Sorenson, MD, president and chief executive of Intermountain, in a news release. "It will help us prepare for a future where we must focus even more on providing the best possible care for our patients at a cost that is sustainable."