Harry’s journey highlights EMR benefits
In the first major event after signing contracts, Monash Health joined forces with Cerner, our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) partner and provider, to host a two-day Executive Alignment workshop to kick off the strategic EMR Program.
The executive team, the EMR program team and the Cerner team came together to listen to key program leaders speak about the significant journey ahead, and participate in robust discussion and workshops to align the teams in their vision and strategy.
The event was opened by Chief Executive Andrew Stripp, who emphasised the importance of the EMR Program to the Monash Health strategic plan, and the need to use best practise and to learn from others including our experienced partners at Cerner.
The group heard from guest speaker Harry, a patient with complex needs, who shared his experiences, and provided his own recommendations on how to design the Monash Health EMR to benefit both clinicians and patients.
These successful two days of planning and engagement was an important step in Monash Health’s innovative new journey into patient care.
Monash Health signs EMR contract with Cerner
Monash Health is pleased to announce that it has formally entered into an agreement with the Cerner Corporation to deliver its Electronic Medical Record Program (EMR) by 2019.
A global leader in healthcare technology, Cerner’s EMR is being used by more than 18,000 facilities around the world and has been active in Australia since 1991.
The contractual relationship between Monash Health and Cerner has been designed to be a true collaboration, aimed at providing both parties with an ongoing source of innovation that draws on respective strengths.
“The experience of Cerner, combined with the knowledgeable and extensive input from Monash Health clinicians led by the EMR Clinical Council, is a partnership that gives me great confidence for the future,” said Monash Health Chief Executive, Andrew Stripp.
The agreement comes after widespread exploration work by the EMR Program Team at Monash Health to understand the unique needs of the organisation and determine the best partnership to bring it to reality.
“Monash Health will benefit significantly from the innovation needed to create an EMR,” added Mr Stripp. “The creation of a digital clinical patient record keeping system will not only provide rapid access to an individual patient’s entire medical history, but also create a basis for improved decision support and research, which in turn results in better outcomes for our community.”
While the signing of the contract is a significant step towards Monash Health’s long-standing EMR vision, all parties are aware of the extensive work that lies ahead. International experience has demonstrated that a successful EMR project requires widespread and effective clinical engagement as well as strong leadership, and Monash Health has made a commitment to lead the development with organisational collaboration and the technical expertise and support of Cerner.
“The organisation as a whole is committed to providing the necessary leadership and direct involvement to ensure we deliver an EMR which is transformational and ultimately creates a better Monash Health for our patients, our staff and our community,” said Mr Stripp.