Bethesda First to Use New Revolutionary Data Management Software for Long-Term Care Environment

Cerner Corporation Selects Bethesda Health Group as Partner A new, innovative system for tracking data for skilled nursing facilities developed by the nationally known Cerner Corporation, whose products are licensed by more than 9,000 healthcare facilities worldwide, could change the way vital information is gathered and shared throughout the senior care industry in the United States.

Bethesda Health Group has begun utilizing the Kansas City-based data management firm’s new solution. Bethesda, whose staff helped develop the product, was selected to serve as one of Cerner’s development partners because of their experience in skilled nursing capabilities and longstanding reputation for quality care and services. There is a growing need for healthcare information technology in long-term care environments.

This innovation marks the initial deployment of the Cerner BeyondNow® software, which will enable Bethesda to easily exchange health information with physician’s offices and hospitals, empowering better coordination of resident care and extending the continuity of post-acute care. “We are very excited to be ‘the first’ to begin using a system that we believe will prove to be an industry-changing solution in the area of senior care data management,” said Larry Hickman, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer with Bethesda. “Not only will Cerner’s innovative solution streamline the ease with which we are able to share information with our hospital and physician partners about their patients – our residents – but also it will allow our caregivers to spend less time managing and disseminating data and more time taking care of our residents.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 12 million Americans over the age of 65 will require long-term care by 2020, up from nine million in 2008. With residents presenting complex medical requirements or limited ability to communicate, skilled nursing home staff will now be able to coordinate and manage care across the post-acute continuum, including long-term, home health, private duty and hospice. At the core is a person-centric, integrated electronic health record, which serves as the single source for resident health information.

Two Bethesda communities, Bethesda Meadow (Ellisville) and The Charless Home (South St. Louis), are currently using the new solution to handle their operations, from back-office functions to resident care encounters. Plans are in place to expand usage to the other seven Bethesda communities in the next few months – first skilled nursing, and ultimately independent senior living. Bethesda will also begin utilizing Cerner’s solution for home health, private duty and hospice, providing a fully integrated system for managing their resident information– that launch is scheduled to occur later this year.

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