Integrated Healthcare Org Launches Oracle Cerner EHR System at FL Hospital

Encompass Health began its rollout of the Oracle Cerner EHR system in 2011 to drive efficiencies across the integrated healthcare company.

Encompass Health, an integrated healthcare services company, has launched its 150th post-acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, with the Oracle Cerner EHR system.

The healthcare organization first partnered with Oracle Cerner in 2009 to deploy an inpatient rehabilitation hospital EHR, piloting the technology for two years in three hospitals.

In 2011, the companies began a large-scale rollout to implement the system in every Encompass Health hospital. The project brought Encompass Health from a paper-based system to an electronic workflow and clinical documentation system.

"Having a standardized EHR and deployment strategy across all our hospitals has increased our ability to successfully complete and integrate developments, acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures consistent with our growth strategy, including realization of anticipated revenues, cost savings, and productivity improvements," Rusty Yeager, Encompass Health senior vice president and CIO, noted in a press release.

Clinicians utilize the same system in every Encompass Health hospital, promoting documentation efficiency. Encompass Health and Oracle Cerner also continue to expand the joint Post-acute Innovation Center, which received a 2019 CHIME Collaboration award.

"Our focus at Oracle Cerner is helping to solve ongoing challenges in healthcare, including building more reliable, intuitive, and useful tools to reduce complexity and help improve the caregiver and patient experience," said Bob Kopanic, Oracle Cerner senior vice president of North American client relationships.

"Supporting Encompass Health in implementing Oracle Cerner technology across all its hospitals, ensures clinicians can work at any of their facilities without needing to relearn systems and workflows – giving them more time to focus on great patient care," Kopanic added.

Since 2011, Encompass Health has opened 61 de novo or acquired hospitals with Oracle Cerner technology, and there are plans to add six to 10 more each year.

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