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Intermountain’s part in DoD-Cerner EHR project

I caught up with Intermountain Healthcare CIO and vice president Marc Probst at the CHIME16 Fall CIO Forum and got a chance to ask him about Intermountain’s role in what is one of the biggest EHR implementations ever.

And no, it’s not the installation of Cerner Corp.’s Millennium EHR platform across the Salt Lake City-based health system’s 22 hospitals and nearly 200 clinics, which is about half done.

That started last year and was a coup for the Kansas City, Mo. EHR giant, as was, of course, the awarding of a more than $4 billion federal EHR contract in 2015 to Cerner and its partners. In both cases, Cerner beat out archrival Epic Systems. Corp.

This particular project, underway now, involves putting Millennium in place throughout the Department of Defense’s healthcare network, itself one of the world’s largest.

While the key players are Cerner and its systems integrator partners, Accenture and Leidos, Intermountain has more than a bit part in the undertaking.

Probst told me that Intermountain’s main role as a subcontractor to Cerner is to provide its own EHR content and workflow processes and “care process models,” (CPMs), for the building out of the military health records system.

CPMs are evidence-based guidelines summarizing clinical literature and providing expert advice for the diagnosis and management of certain diseases and conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Pediatric upper respiratory problems

“I don’t think that the DoD will adopt everything we’ve done, but they have a baseline to move from, from what we’ve developed at Intermountain Healthcare,” Probst says in part of a video interview I recorded with him in Phoenix at the annual fall meeting of the College of Healthcare Information Executives.

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