Pickens County Medical Center chooses Cerner for cloud-based EHR

PCMC becomes the latest hospital to turn to a hosted electronic health record.
By Bernie Monegain
02:17 PM

Pickens County Medical Center, a 56-bed community hospital in Carrollton, Alabama, will roll out an integrated electronic health record across its acute and ambulatory facilities.

PCMC selected Cerner CommunityWorks, a cloud-based model of Cerner Millennium. It is designed to support the unique needs of community healthcare organizations.

More and more smaller providers are opting for cloud-based electronic health records and the vendors are bringing offerings to market to meet that demand. 

[Also: EHRs in the cloud: Why smaller healthcare providers are making the leap]

eClinicalWorks last fall announced the new version of its cloud-based EHR, eClinicalWorks 11, while Meditech revealed Meditech-as-a-service, a hosted edition of its EHR designed specifically for critical access hospitals, and athenahealth of course plays in the same space. 

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner has said that two new versions of its EHR targeted at smaller providers will become available in March 2018. 

PCMC CEO Richard McBryde said in a statement that after a six-month review of five companies it based the decision on four key points: ease of use, regulatory support, and training before and after go-live.

The hospital operates a primary care clinic and an emergency department with six exam rooms and two trauma suites staffed 24/7.

Cerner’s CommunityWorks platform provides physicians with a digital record of a patient’s health history, including clinical and financial data. Through the new online patient portal, consumers will be able to securely message physicians, schedule appointments, view and settle balances and access their health history.

Four other hospitals selected Cerner CommunityWorks in the past month: Martin County Hospital District, in Stanton, Texas; Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson, Illinois; Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Missouri; and Astria Health in Yakima Valley, Washington.

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