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Cerner Signs Up More Than 1,200 Provider Sites to Use CommonWell Services

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The reach of the CommonWell Health Alliance continues to grow, as Cerner announced today that more than 1,200 care provider sites, which represent more than 75 Cerner clients, have signed up to use CommonWell interoperability services to date.

"Ubiquitous, nationwide interoperability will take time, but we're seeing positive momentum," said Bob Robke, vice president of Interoperability, Cerner. "We're proud to have our clients joining us in advancing interoperability and applaud their leadership in getting our industry one step closer to helping patients share their records with their providers, wherever they receive treatment."

Cerner clients use CommonWell services to exchange health data across the care continuum. CommonWell uses a standards-based approach to connect different EHR suppliers.

"Since the alliance was formed in 2013, it has worked diligently with both the government and the private sector to stand up a nationwide infrastructure to securely share patient data, regardless of where care occurs," said Jitin Asnaani, executive director, CommonWell Health Alliance. "The many providers that have signed up to use CommonWell services through their health IT supplier understand that sharing information across organizations is the right thing to do for the patient."

As the number of providers that use CommonWell services across the United States continues to grow, providers are seeing value from connecting with other health care organizations in their community and surrounding regions. Nanticoke Health Services will benefit from the high volume of provider organizations in the greater Delaware region that have signed with CommonWell through their EHR suppliers, including Cerner, athenahealth and Greenway Health.

"As we continue to bring CommonWell live across our provider base, we will begin to see real value in the patient information that our providers are able to access through CommonWell," said Charles Palmer, chief information officer, Nanticoke Health Services. "Physicians are excited that by the end of year, they will be able to use CommonWell to help them make better treatment decisions because they had more context about the patient's care that happened outside of our organization."

About CommonWell Health Alliance

CommonWell Health Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association of health IT companies working together to create universal access to health care data. The Alliance is open to all organizations that are committed to making patient's data available to providers regardless of where care occurs. Alliance members support the belief that provider access to this data must be built into health information technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the populations and people they serve.

To learn more about CommonWell Health Alliance, please visit www.commonwellalliance.org, and read CommonWell Community blog. Also follow CommonWell on Twitter at @CommonWell, join us on the CommonWell LinkedIn page, and like the CommonWell Facebook page.

CommonWell Health Alliance and the CommonWell logo are registered trademarks of CommonWell Health Alliance, Inc. in the U.S. and other jurisdictions.

About Cerner

Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 18,000 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 systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. On February 2, 2015, Cerner Corporation acquired substantially all of the assets, and assumed certain liabilities, of the Siemens Health Services business from Siemens AG. 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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Source:Cerner Corporation