Alaska center to go high-tech and personal

By Bernie Monegain
09:58 AM

The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) is going digital across its campus in order to automate paper processes in nearly every area of the medical center.

The goal, said Dan Neumeister, ANMC administrator, is to personalize patient care and also to become a leaner, more efficient organization.

"We chose Cerner because they understand that the real beneficiary of this technology is the person who will be receiving personalized care," said Neumeister. "For more than 30 years, Cerner has shared our vision for better population health through wellness and prevention, which we view as a critical focal point for a healthy tribal community for generations to come."

The technology is expected to be available in October 2011, and is expected to affect nearly 55,000 people in the Anchorage region.

Neumeister said ANMC would automate from registration and scheduling to computerized physician order entry (CPOE). The ANMC's automation benefits will extend into the community with a Cerner solution that allows patients to securely and electronically communicate with their provider while allowing providers to manage the electronic health records of patients located outside the community.

"The ANMC was looking for an innovative, consumer-focused system that extends high-quality healthcare beyond the four walls of the hospital and into the community where each individual can access their personal health information anytime from anywhere," said Mike Valentine, Cerner chief operating officer.