NORMAN, Okla., June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CCO becomes first Health Information Exchange on Cernertechnology to connect with U.S. Department of Defense Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) announces a true system to system connection serving the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Implemented in conjunction with Cerner and Browsersoft, as technology partners — the system is available from June 28, 2016.
This marks the first time a Cerner agency is providing electronic health records to the DoD.
Serving active duty military personnel, retired military and their families with Electronic Health Records (EHR) through CCO's Health Information Exchange (HIE), CCO's technology platform is a joint venture between Cerner and Browsersoft. CCO supports a user base that is pressed for time, and provides subscribers with ease of use in HIE across the expansive network of the eHealth Exchange.
"What's exciting and unique about this implementation is the collaborative effort that went into it" says Brian Yeaman, MD and CAO at Coordinated Care Oklahoma.
"This involved high level talks, but started locally more than a year ago, and the end results will very much be felt in local impact."
Local impact such as military personnel at bases in Oklahoma being assured their electronic medical records will now follow them and be made available to subscribers in CCO's Health Information Exchange — which covers Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Kansas.
"Our mantra is 'Ease of Use'," says Yeaman. "We have a proven ability to provide accurate, up-to-date, secure and reliable health records to our subscribers at Coordinated Care Oklahoma. Up until this point, military personnel and their families were covered as it pertains to electronic health records in a sort of duplicate system and then only within base medical installations."
What this initiative does is give patients and health care providers assurance that electronic medical records for these military personnel and families are now accessible off base and at facilities throughout our member network.
CCO speeds time to information by giving subscribers at healthcare facilities access to vital patient information. Department of Defense personnel can now feel comfortable in the knowledge their most important medical information is available through CCO to doctors and health care professionals whether they're on base or off.
Currently there are 22,000 active duty military personnel in Oklahoma. These members of our nation's armed forces are supported by 23,000 civilians at military installations across the state. All of these records are now available to CCO members as of June 28, 2016.
"In Oklahoma we have a high number of active duty military and retired military personnel," says Yeaman. "We wanted to bridge the gap and serve this group. CCO provides the link between hospitals, clinics and private physician practices state-wide with this patient base of 45,000."
Initial talks and implementation were made possible through the work of team members at CCO, Cerner, Browsersoft and Fort Sill.
Coordinated Care Oklahoma is Oklahoma's largest Health Information Exchange — serving medical professionals and patients in five states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Kansas.
Cerner, which comes from the Latin word meaning "to discern," is the world's largest publicly traded health information technology company providing leading-edge solutions and services for health care organizations worldwide. Cerner's mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities.
Headquartered in North Kansas City, MO Cerner posted 2015 revenue of $4.4 billion.
Browsersoft offers secure technology to enable healthcare communities to exchange data from disparate systems. Using innovative approaches to delivering this vital information, clinicians are able to see vital facts about their patients from many healthcare providers.
By using Open Source tools, Browsersoft is delivering OpenHRE™ to Health Information Exchanges in a cost effective manner.
Coordinated Care Oklahoma
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