Since its formation back in 1999, Banner Health has made a name for itself by increasing the clinical standardization of its EHR technology to support clinical improvements. As a result of its push toward value-based care and population, the health system comprising 29 hospitals and spanning 7 states has worked to mirror its high levels of clinical standardization on the inpatient side in its ambulatory sites. As the organization’s CMIO William Holland, MD, puts it, the plan was to take that hospital EHR success and “move it across the system.”
According to Holland, extending that level of clinical standardization to Banner’s ambulatory facilities required a great deal of planning and a significant level of physician engagement. The Cerner shop now has both its inpatient and outpatient providers operating on highly standardized EHR systems, supporting the health system’s efforts to transition to a population health management company.