Cerner Corporation, fresh from being selected as the Defense Department’s new electronic health records vendor, has another big win under its belt.

Around the same time as the DoD made its decision, Baptist Health South Florida with seven hospitals and nearly 50 clinics signed a contract to implement Cerner’s Millennium electronic health records system along with the complete suite of ancillary software that is part of the Millennium package.

That Cerner was going for the DoD contract didn’t factor into the decision too much, says Mimi Taylor, corporate vice president and CIO at Baptist Health. That may seem surprising, but the reality is that the DoD procurement process had been out in the market for a long time—it wasn’t a new twist, she explains.

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The Cerner inpatient and ambulatory EHR, along with ancillary applications including pathology, laboratory, pharmacy, surgical and OB/GYN, among others, will be implemented enterprisewide at Baptist. The EHRs will integrate with the Soarian Financials system that Cerner now has following its acquisition of the health IT division of Siemens. Other Siemens products such as Soarian Clinicals used in one hospital and Siemens Invision will be replaced.

An enterprise implementation of Cerner products will not be anything new to Baptist Health, Taylor believes. The organization has for years used many best-in-breed bolt-on ancillary applications that were implemented across the enterprise.

The decision to go enterprise with Cerner was made in part because Baptist Health knew that Cerner had bought Siemens and was integrating Soarian Financials to Millennium, and that in the age of accountable and value-based care, Baptist Health needed better integration across the organization. “Interoperability is critical to Baptist Health and Cerner has more than demonstrated their passion for that,” Taylor says.

Cerner also proved to the organization that it could meet the resource commitments of the contract, which calls for the enterprise suite of software to be live within 39 months, she adds.

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