Cerner Expands Role at Adventist - Analyst Blog

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Cerner ( CERN ), a leading healthcare information technology ("HCIT") solutions provider, recently revealed a larger role with Adventist Health, which is a non-profit, faith-based unified health care delivery system on the Pacific coast. Over 130 outpatient centers will be benefited by the digitization of health care processes at Adventist Health.

Adventist Health has been a leader in adopting healthcare information technology. It began using Cerner's Electronic Health Record ("EHR") in inpatient settings way back in 2001. Home care agencies of Adventist Health started using Cerner BeyondNow in 2009. The broader scope of their relationship will provide synergy for the homecare know-how and hospital EHR with the adoption of Cerner Ambulatory EHR offerings.

Enhanced interoperability between the acute, post acute and ambulatory settings will permit Adventist Health to improve coordination of care as patients shift through the health system. Following the integration of outpatient records, clinicians will now have secure and instant access to the entire chart.    

Cerner and Adventist Health are also together working on several other projects aimed at digitizing patient care. These include Cerner's Best in Klas Remote Hosting Option, which provides sound data center services. 

We believe long-term investors may consider Cerner, which serves a sizeable installed hospital base that requires composite clinically-focused applications complying with "meaningful use" requirements, reimbursement problems and complex coding challenges. The company has long-standing, integrated and seamless solutions for both inpatient and ambulatory settings.

On the negative side, the federal Stimulus program will gradually wind down. Moreover, the favorable growth prospects are already factored into the stock price and the risk-reward trade-off is fairly poised. Cerner faces stiff competition from established HCIT players, such as Athenahealth ( ATHN ), Allscripts-Misys ( MDRX ) and Quality Systems ( QSII ) and many others in a crowded field.

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Referenced Stocks: ATHN , CERN , MDRX , QSII

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