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Reeves County Hospital District Selects Cerner for Improved Rural Patient Care

PECOS, Texas, Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reeves County Hospital District has selected Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to implement a new integrated electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle solutions across its 25-bed critical access hospital through the CernerCommunityWorks℠ deployment model. The Pecos-based hospital will have advanced health care technology to support doctors, nurses and staff as they improve the quality of and access to health care in Reeves County and adjacent West Texas communities.

“We need to keep pace with rapidly advancing medical technology and this will help us connect a person’s health history to create individualized and informed treatment decisions that improve patient care and the experience of being a patient,” said Brenda McKinney, CEO, Reeves County Hospital District. “Paired with our state-of-the-art facility on the way, our hospital will be prepared with the tools to tackle health care’s toughest challenges and enhance access to our services throughout West Texas.”

Reeves County Hospital District will move to Cerner Millennium®, a health care IT platform designed to support patients through their health care journey across venues of care – from the doctor’s office to the hospital and clinics. A digital record that brings together each patient’s health information will benefit doctors and nurses with an up-to-date view of a person’s well-being. For staff to have the context of a patient’s health, hospitals need the tools to connect data across their own organizations and with other providers throughout the region. Creating a smooth experience for the individual with informed care decisions by doctors is at the core of this investment in health care.

Cerner revenue cycle solutions help reinforce the hospital’s financial operations and connect clinical and financial information for staff to view together in one patient record. Staff will also benefit from solutions and services that help them make the billing process smooth for the patient.

“Cerner provides the technology to help rural hospitals like Reeves County Hospital District continue to offer specialty services and extend people’s access to care, working to close the gap in rural health care,” said McKinney. “This hospital offers services that are becoming increasingly rare in rural areas, like maternity and obstetrics, nephrology and dialysis. With the next closest maternity services nearly an hour and a half drive away, it’s clear how important of a role community hospitals play for large parts of America.”

Reeves County Hospital District will receive health IT solutions tailored to support the unique needs of community health care organizations through CommunityWorks cloud technology. Community health care organizations, especially critical access hospitals in rural areas, need to be able to provide high-quality services at a manageable cost. Reeves County residents will have a hospital supported by technology that helps keep them close to home while receiving the care they need.

“While rural hospitals face special challenges in an often-unstable environment, they can use technology to thrive and improve patient care at a cost they can afford,” said Mitchell Clark, president, CommunityWorks, Cerner. “It is critical that hospitals like Reeves County Hospital District get all their departments on one system to limit disconnect and confusion for doctors and staff. With modern technology that pulls together all of a person’s up-to-date health information in one place, doctors gain a holistic understanding of a person’s health to guide care.”

CommunityWorks clients will be prominently featured across education sessions at Cerner Health Conference (CHC) 2018. CHC is Cerner’s annual conference on the latest innovations in health care and information technology, taking place Oct. 8-11 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more by registering to attend CHC18.

About Reeves County Hospital District

Reeves County Hospital District (RCHD) provides health care services for people in Reeves County and neighboring communities in West Texas. Founded in 1954, RCHD, a Level IV Trauma Center, offers a wide variety of medical services, including emergency care, diagnostic radiology, physical therapy, general surgery, a clinical laboratory and more. RCHD also operates American Home Health and Hospice and the Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic, which offers family care, immunizations and other medical services. For more information, please visit www.reevescountyhospital.com.

About Cerner

Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.comThe Cerner Blog or connect on FacebookInstagram, LinkedInTwitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

Media Contact:

Reeves County Hospital District

Brenda McKinney, CEO, (432) 447-3551 ext. 2243, bmckinney@rchd.care

Cerner

Austin Cozzolino, Public Relations, (816) 786-2154, austin.cozzolino@cerner.com

 

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Source: Cerner Corporation