TORONTO, July 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Cerner (CERN) have signed a landmark agreement to automate clinical information processes throughout the entire hospital. Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health, CAMH, will use the Cerner Millennium(R) architecture, a unified health IT computing platform, to enable CAMH health professionals to prioritize safety, efficiency and evidence-based best practice, while maintaining client/patient privacy as a priority.
“Cerner Canada is a leader in this market, and we share a vision to move CAMH to the forefront in adoption of advanced clinical systems technology,” says Tracey MacArthur, CAMH’s Vice President, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Privacy Officer. “Our new system will replicate the best elements of our existing flow of clinical care, and consolidate, streamline and standardize our clinical processes and tools. This will improve the quality of information available to our staff and create new opportunities for collaboration. Most importantly, it will also support safe and quality care for CAMH clients.”
Cerner(R) solutions will automate clinical processes and provide instant access to clinical information and integrated workflow through an electronic health record (EHR). The solutions digitize registration and scheduling, clinical team communication, clinician documentation, pharmacy, laboratory operations and the emergency department. Clinicians at CAMH will also be able to document care and place medication and other orders directly in the EHR.
Implementing Cerner solutions will benefit CAMH in a number of ways including:
- Providing a clinical record for all CAMH clients: Whether an individual is treated in an ambulatory setting, inpatient setting, at home, or in the community, the information will be captured and stored in the individual’s electronic clinical record.
- Ensuring the highest standard of quality care: The use of standardized treatment guidelines promotes evidence-based care for every client while enabling quality improvement and operational efficiency.
- Reducing the potential for errors: Handwritten paper orders and other documentation errors are reduced through the use of electronic order entry.
- Improving access to information: Clinicians have immediate access to a unified EHR that has up-to-the-minute information including visit history, clinical documentation and medical test results.
“Cerner is very excited to be working together with CAMH in its quest for highest quality, safe effective care for all of its clients,” said Jim Shave, president of Cerner Canada. “When this automation is complete, CAMH clients can expect to receive improved performance in care coordination and their care providers will be equipped with better, timely access to relevant personal and clinical information in a safe and protected environment.”
About the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, CAMH is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.
Cerner(R) solutions are licensed by approximately 9,300 facilities around the world, including more than 2,650 hospitals; 3,750 physician practices; 40,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,600 retail pharmacies. Certain trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the “Marks”) set forth herein are owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. All other non-Cerner Marks are the property of their respective owners. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit www.cerner.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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