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1 Enhancing patient care in rural communities

2 Improving care, managing costs Affordable information technology Rural hospitals fill a tremendous need in communities across the country but face unenviable challenges when it comes to clinical and financial automation. That s why Cerner created the PowerWorks Inpatient Suite, a family of solutions and services that offers the breadth and depth of one of the world s largest healthcare information technology companies all at an affordable price. The suite gives your hospital access to our industry-leading computing platform, Cerner Millennium, as well as other powerful solutions and services. We ll host the system for your organization, freeing you to do what you do best caring for your patients. Through the PowerWorks Inpatient Suite, Cerner meets the unique needs of rural hospitals, enabling you to coordinate care for geographically dispersed populations. With PowerWorks, we provide support, maintenance, hardware, training and free upgrades. Our technology will enable your hospital to connect to a variety of direct reimbursement programs, including: Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) eprescribing Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) bonus program Whether you choose the entire suite of solutions and services, or simply one component, we are dedicated to helping you use healthcare information technology to improve the quality of care you offer your patients.

3 Improving care With Cerner s electronic medical record (EMR), you will introduce new efficiencies to your organization. Pre-completed notes supporting multiple specialties help your providers create thorough, legible and personalized documentation in seconds. The PowerWorks Inpatient Suite also includes the basic solutions you need to automate your laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, emergency and surgery departments. These solutions and the EMR draw information from our Cerner Millennium computing platform, a structure that improves efficiency and patient care. We ve built best practices and protocols directly into the system. Delivering care on this unified architecture enables your nurses and doctors to eliminate waste and serve more patients more effectively in less time. Managing costs The PowerWorks Inpatient Suite also includes Cerner s registration and scheduling solutions, both of which contribute to and draw demographic and financial information from Cerner Millennium. This one-of-a-kind structure eliminates redundant tasks, streamlines patient throughput and enables providers to focus on patients not paperwork. Cerner also helps you streamline your billing processes while improving your cash flow and administrative costs. In addition, PowerWorks Inpatient Suite, and Cerner s electronic data interchange services offer everything you need to manage your health center efficiently and profitably. With the flexible billing structure built into the practice management solution, you can easily adjust to the Medicaid billing office requirements for your state. Add-ons Surgery information system Patient education Personal health record General financials Bar coding (medication administration) Clinic EMR and practice management solutions Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) services Remote patient monitoring and telemedicine services Hardware Web-based training catalog for continuing education Interfaces Data sharing across venues

4 A community approach Over a patient s lifetime, his or her health information is typically stored in disconnected paper and electronic records. This approach to record keeping is problematic for rural patients with diabetes, chronic lower respiratory disease or other chronic conditions who may receive care from providers who are many miles apart. Using PowerWorks EMR together with Cerner s personal health record (PHR) a summary of patient data from the different places where they receive care will help you make better clinical decisions. The technology warns providers of potential drug and allergy reactions, averting these and other problems that stem from incomplete patient information. You can access this comprehensive patient data from home or wherever you may be through the Internet an option that may save you countless weekend or late-night trips to the hospital to look at records. This secure connectivity makes it easier for contracted specialists from metropolitan areas to access records, helping them, for example, verify orders or review radiology images. Patients also may access and put information into the PHR, enabling them to participate in remote monitoring and other time-saving technologies. Are you ready? The federal economic stimulus package provides $35 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentives to eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals for the meaningful use of qualified EHR systems. Through the Cerner PowerWorks Inpatient Suite, your organization will be able to automate the reporting of quality metrics as a by-product of care, one of the requirements in the legislation. Problems solved Daunted by IT? We ve got answers. Do you have trouble finding and keeping skilled IT professionals? Through the PowerWorks Application Service Provider (ASP) model, we host your hospital s clinical and financial information. Is capital tight? We offer low, up-front and monthly fees. All you need is a personal computer and a high-speed Internet connection Cerner will take care of the rest. Are workforce shortages straining your hospital? Our solutions and services will help you improve efficiency, support telemedicine, and provide on-going training and support for new workers. Who handles training and installation? We do. Installing PowerWorks is easy. We design our training approaches to support your organization s unique needs, walking you and your staff through the solutions until everyone is comfortable. Most implementations can be completed in less than six months, limiting disruption. Looking to leverage existing software? We can interface Cerner Millennium to other HL7-compliant solutions.

5 Why Cerner? Cerner, a global leader in healthcare information technology, is the power behind PowerWorks. Cerner is solving healthcare s many challenges by connecting the right people with the right information at the right time. Building on 30 years of experience and partnerships with more than 6,000 healthcare organizations worldwide, we are finding new and innovative ways to deliver value to our clients. By partnering with Cerner, you ll gain the experience of our 900 on-staff clinicians, and you ll enjoy the benefits of more than $1.5 billion in R&D. And with new funding coming from the economic stimulus package, there s no better time to choose Cerner. Put our expertise to work for you. For more information, please call , or visit

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