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Meridian Health Joins Cerner to Aggregate Population Health Data Across Multiple EHRs

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health organization in New Jersey, will join Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq:CERN) to help manage patient population health data from multiple non-Cerner acute and ambulatory Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Meridian will use HealtheIntent-based solutions, to help evolve from a hospital network to an organization that manages its populations one person at a time.

The HealtheIntent platform aggregates and normalizes clinical, financial, operational and claims data from multiple, disparate sources in near real time.

"For the first time, Cerner will deliver timely and actionable insights about the health of a population in an environment without Cerner's EHR solution," said Zane Burke, president, Cerner. "With HealtheIntent, Meridian is taking a step toward a more efficient use of data."

Meridian will implement HealtheIntent-based solutions, including HealtheRegistries™, HealtheCare™ and HealtheEDW™ (Enterprise Data Warehouse) across its more than 100 locations. These offerings can help Meridian provide clinicians with better insight of their patient population and improve engagement with members, their families and care providers.

"Working with Cerner, we have the ability to proactively identify potential gaps in care and analyze utilization patterns. Providing full data integration across the continuum of care can drive quality improvement," said Becki Weber, senior vice president, CIO, Meridian Health. "It's all about providing the right tools, to the right people, at the right time to quickly identify quality and safety opportunities, as well as cost efficiencies."

About Cerner

Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 14,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients' clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner's mission is to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. (Nasdaq:CERN). For more information about Cerner, visit cerner.com, read our blog at cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at facebook.com/cerner.

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About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In September 2014, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a Letter of Intent to merge. In October 2014, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a memorandum of understanding to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" for five consecutive years, has been rated as Healthcare's Most Wired for the past fourteen years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation's leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area's finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs. For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.

CONTACT: Media Contacts Cerner Corp. Marlene Bentley (816) 225-9772 marlene.bentley@cerner.com Meridian Health Robert Cavanaugh 732-406-4454 rcavanaugh@meridianhealth.comSource:Cerner Corporation