With 26 hospital members of Banner Health now live on the Cerner Millennium electronic health records system and a handful of recently added hospitals soon to join, Banner is moving into new phases via an expanded partnership with the vendor.

Hospitals up on Millennium—including 21 now rated as Stage 7 facilities on the HIMSS analytics scale of EHR adoption—continue to add ancillary Cerner systems, including a suite of women’s health software, says Joanne Burns, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Cerner. This phase also covers optimizing use of software already in place and going in. The goal is to not just turn the solutions on, but to achieve goals and improve quality and productivity, Burns adds.

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Banner Hospitals also are ramping up on ambulatory software, replacing products from incumbent vendor NextGen with a suite from Cerner. That suite will include Cerner’s population health management software, called HealththeIntent and including registry and analytics modules to spur patient engagement in making healthcare decisions. Advocate Healthcare, which serves the Chicago region, is an early adopter of the PHM software.

With its relationship with Banner Health deepening, Cerner will relocate and permanently place some employees at Banner in Phoenix, starting with about 10, Burns says. These employees will provide additional technical assistance as both organizations collaborate on innovative ways of managing entire populations and improving outcomes. If development of standalone business products results from the collaboration, Cerner and Banner will pursue joint commercialization opportunities.

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