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New readmission prevention technology available to Cerner clients

Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) announced the integration of SHM’s Project BOOST™ toolkit into Cerner’s Readmission Prevention Solution, available within the Cerner Millennium® electronic health record (EHR).

The integration of Project BOOST into Cerner Millennium provides clinicians with a comprehensive intervention strategy to optimize the patient discharge process. Developed by a panel of expert clinicians, Project BOOST content embedded into clinical workflows includes:

  • Automated early identification of specific readmission risk factors and corresponding interventions
  • General Assessment of Preparedness checklist to help identify patient concerns about their readiness to leave the hospital
  • Simplified patient-centered discharge instructions to help safely transition a patient home
  • Teach Back education process and documentation to help patients comprehend pertinent information related to their hospitalization and transition

“As part of Cerner’s journey to advance our population health solutions, we originally collaborated with Advocate Health Care to innovate and develop the readmission prediction model powering Cerner’s Readmission Prevention Solution. We are excited that this journey continues with the integration of SHM’s award-winning Project BOOST content,” said Bharat Sutariya, MD, FACEP, vice president and chief medical officer of Population Health, Cerner. “The enhanced readmission solution provides our clients with access to nationally recognized content and an industry-leading predictive model to help identify and manage patients that are at risk for readmissions.”

Project BOOST is an award-winning national initiative designed to improve the care of patients and reduce risks for medical complications as they transition from hospital to home. Announced in August 2013, Cerner and SHM collaborated to create a robust paperless platform designed to help health care providers reduce 30-day readmission rates, improve clinical workflow and improve patient satisfaction while cultivating the flow of information from hospitals to outside care providers.

“Cerner and SHM have added intelligence to the readmission solution to enhance the clinical workflow and encourage patient-centered care,” said Mark V. Williams, MD, MHM, principal investigator, Project BOOST. “What used to be a paper checklist process is now available to clinicians in their everyday workflow within the Cerner Millennium. The collaboration represents another step toward our goal to improve care for hospitalized patients.”

Northern Arizona Healthcare, the first Cerner client to pilot Project BOOST-enabled Millennium in July 2014, realized a reduction of all-cause readmissions by more than 45 percent. Northern Arizona Healthcare will present its experience and success with the BOOST-enabled EHR at Cerner’s Health Conference in October.

“The automation of Project BOOST workflow is saving our clinicians an average of one hour per patient,” said Tiffany Ferguson, LMSW, ACM, social work manager, Northern Arizona Healthcare. “This allows our clinicians to reach more patients and spend more time at the bedside, resulting in better patient care and outcomes.”

Cerner clients will also have access to a step-by-step instruction and project management implementation guide, the BOOST Online Community to learn from and collaborate with other sites, and the BOOST Data Center that allows users to store and benchmark data against control units and other providers. Provider sites can also elect to join the Project BOOST Mentored Implementation Program, which includes in-person training and a year of expert mentoring and coaching. Project BOOST Mentored Implementation Program is implemented in more than 200 hospitals.