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Essential clinical dataset improves intake documentation


We understand nurses because we are nurses.

At Cerner, we understand nurses and the challenges you face because many of us are nurses. We are proud to have more than 700 nurses on our team, serving the company in leadership roles, alongside our clients and in product innovation to bring healthcare organizations advancements like the essential clinical dataset (ECD). The ECD helps nurses streamline patient care by reducing nursing documentation, and frustration, by only focusing on the most important questions during intake.

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The Challenge and Solution

The nursing role is evolving. While hospitals are understaffed and tightening budgets, nurses are taking on more responsibilities, causing some to feel burned out. At Cerner, we’re doing our part to innovate and transform health information technology for nurses. Our solutions are designed to help facilitate workforce management, care delivery coordination, device connectivity, enhanced care team communication and regulatory compliance to help reduce the documentation burden among clinical staff.

Proven Results

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Data helps streamline operations, manage nursing utilization and expedite patient transfers

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Mission Health reduces falls to zero, calls the $4.8 million in cost avoidance only the beginning

Mission Health is piloting a brand new observation solution to help reduce patient falls, especially falls with injury. Through a testing partnership with Cerner, the Asheville, N.C.-based health system added Cerner Patient Observer to six neurosciences unit patient beds in August 2015.

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Our leaders are dedicated to helping your organization achieve its goals. With more than 700 nurse associates, we understand your challenges and are working hard to deliver the technology you need. Our nurses leverage clinical intelligence and data-driven strategies to help design, implement and optimize meaningful solutions to provide a better technology experience and support quality patient outcomes.

Our versatile solutions offer specialized workflows for nurses providing care in a variety of settings, including women’s health, oncology, perioperative, ambulatory, critical care, emergency medicine, home health, long-term care and pediatric environments. Our solutions support nursing workflows around the globe.


Collaborating across teams

Working collaboratively across teams is critical for quality patient care, but it can be challenging. Working in silos can prevent clinicians from compiling patient data, which can put patient care at risk. Care planning provides clinicians with data-driven plans of care, including multidisciplinary clinical pathways and care protocols. Adding in expected outcomes and interventions allows for flexibility in customizing plans for patient-specific needs, enabling nurses to facilitate care that considers multiple aspects of a patient’s well-being.

Connecting care across the continuum

Patient data collected at one venue isn’t always accessible at other venues. This may lead to repeat tests, missing patient data and incomplete medical history, which can impact patient care. By making patient data shareable among physicians, specialists and patients, we’re helping to eliminate barriers to effective care. One of the most practical applications of health IT involves increasing access to information that’s already collected.


Medication administration

Our technology is designed to help keep patients safe from medication errors. Using barcode scanning, clinicians can read the patient’s name band and the medication before administration, which contributes to preventing medication errors. The technology is also integrated into infusion pumps that communicate with clinical documentation to capture the right volume and rate without manual intervention. With this technology, organizations may catch mistakes before they occur.

Infection isolation

Nurses are on the front lines of patient-centered care, where both the patient and nurse are susceptible to infectious disease. However, it can be difficult to identify the symptoms of the deadliest pathogens. Cerner developed the St. John Sepsis Agent to screen high-risk patients early in the infectious process while increasing accuracy in estimating mortality risk, enabling clinicians to deliver medical treatment promptly.

Patient monitoring

Falls are the most frequently reported adverse events among adult patients. It can be difficult and costly for nurses to monitor patients with a low risk of deterioration. For patients with fall risks or other intermittent medical conditions, vigilance in critical moments can help avoid dangerous events. With Cerner Patient Observer™, nurses can rest assured that in the event of an emergency in a patient room, the monitoring technician can quickly request help.


Going where nurses go

Health care doesn’t stop and nurses need access to solutions wherever care is needed. To keep patient-centered care moving forward, nurses can use CareAware Connect™ to send a secure message to care team members asking them to review a patient’s status remotely if they are not on site.

Communicating across teams

Our commitment to providers encourages smoother communication across multidisciplinary care teams. Our core mobile solution can display patients' care team members along with an option to contact them, enabling them to reach the right clinician. Our labor and delivery FetaLink+® solution saves time by allowing the nurse and physician to review the same data.

Reducing alarm fatigue

Nurses sometimes experience more than 350 alarms per patient, per day. As a nurse juggles multiple patients and tasks throughout a shift, it can be difficult to keep track of the noises and demands coming from every direction. Preventing nuisance alarms and recognizing meaningful alarms is key to reducing alarm fatigue. With our intelligent mobile solutions and client collaboration, only actionable, critical alerts get pushed to a nurse’s attention.


Optimizing workflows

The Cerner Model Experience is the product of data analysis, regulatory expertise, technical expertise, industry best practices and innovations from more than 35 years of experience. Through Model Experience, organizations are empowered to improve their workflow efficiency and quality, enabling clinicians to spend more time at the bedside.

Calculating a patient’s acuity

Our solutions have helped health care organizations calculate patient acuity, specifically the care hours needed based on information captured in the EHR. This has helped balance the high acuity patients between nurses, thus distributing fair and manageable workloads. In the critical care environment, effective measurement and reporting of outcomes is essential. Cerner APACHE® Outcomes allows a nurse to objectively evaluate the quality of care delivered in an ICU setting. With a focus on process improvement and resource optimization, APACHE provides access to the one of the largest outcomes databases in the world, containing more than half a million contemporary admissions, with the greatest depth of benchmarking capabilities.

Planning for discharge

Seamlessly moving patients throughout the hospital as their needs change is a team effort. Nurses play a critical role in ensuring the appropriate level of care is delivered to each patient. Our centralized operations approach includes bed management from CareAware Capacity Management® and digital unit dashboards in the logistics center, aligning nursing across the hospital with EVS, transport, care management and other team members. The transitions of care algorithm provides post-acute recommendations for patient placement to help identify a care facility best suited for the patient’s needs.


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Care teams across the continuum use our solutions to help document and access critical patient data, streamline workflows and enhance patient safety.

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Workforce management

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Consulting services

Deliver value through a model experience where our clients learn from each other, clinicians are given more time to provide care, financial friction is reduced, the patient is at the center, and together, we’re focused on making communities healthier.

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Cerner patient observer is a virtual solution that allows a trained observation technician to monitor multiple patient rooms from a central monitoring station, aimed at reducing labor costs and preventing falls and other adverse events that occur in hospitals.

Support services

Our support services are in place to help improve turnaround times for issue resolution, free up your staff for projects, and enhance your overall end user experience.