HIPAA Rules Offer Health Care Organizations Opportunity to Transform Care And Operations; Cerner Simultaneously Enables HIPAA Compliance and Operational Improvements

Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cerner Corporation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- With the approval yesterday by
 the Bush Administration of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
 (HIPAA) privacy regulations, health care organizations face an even greater
 burden of compliance around the protection of medical information. Cerner,
 through its integrated information technology architecture, is uniquely
 positioned to enable compliance with these regulations, and to help
 organizations transcend those efforts to generate improvements in patient
 safety and operational performance.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990421/CERNLOGO )
     "This legislation will place substantial financial burden on already
 stressed healthcare organizations.  Estimates range from $18 to $40 billion
 that will be spent on HIPAA regulatory compliance," said Trace Devanny,
 Cerner's president.  "We are not only positioned to provide the industry with
 superior solutions to address these requirements, to help them achieve
 compliance, but also to enable them, through our systems, to address the
 significant financial and safety issues they are dealing with."
     "HIPAA is an opportunity where you could win the battle, but lose the
 war," said Devanny.  "Some organizations are planning merely to win the
 battle -- to react by settling for compliance with HIPAA.  However, those
 organizations risk losing the war -- by not using information technology
 proactively and strategically to address patient safety, cost reductions, and
 other pressing demands articulated recently in the groundbreaking Institute of
 Medicine (IOM) report, 'Crossing the Quality Chasm.'  Many organizations will
 embrace information technology as a key strategy to addressing the significant
 issues they face, including privacy. They will be the victors."
     According to the latest report from the IOM, "... information technology
 must play a central role in the redesign of the health care system if a
 substantial improvement in health care quality is to be achieved during the
 coming decade" (Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st
 Century).  Cerner Corporation's HNA Millennium(R) is uniquely positioned to
 enable both HIPAA compliance and the transformation of a health care
 organization.  That is because Cerner's HNA Millennium(R) architecture
 provides a cohesive, unified system that integrates and manages information
 across an entire organization. This approach facilitates compliance with HIPAA
 regulations and substantially impacts care delivery with smart technology that
 assists in eliminating preventable medical error, reduces significant variance
 and unnecessary activities, thereby impacting costs.
     "The HIPAA privacy regulations pose a significant challenge to the
 information systems present in most health care organizations today," said
 John Travis, Cerner director of product management for security and privacy.
 "Cerner's HNA Millennium can address these in powerfully unique and valuable
 ways.  For example, 'Release of Information,' 'Role-based security' and
 third-party disclosure management must be handled consistently and in a
 synchronized fashion throughout the entire organization.  This will be very
 difficult to accomplish with disintegrated, disparate systems.  Cerner's
 security and privacy servers will enable comprehensive management of these
 functions because they are designed and built around a cohesive architecture
 and data model pervasive throughout all of our systems."
     "We are quite ready to enable clients to meet HIPAA requirements, but
 Cerner's benefits transcend those efforts with improved patient safety,
 operational performance improvements, and the ability to integrate care with
 the community," added Travis.  "Our skilled assessment teams will be working
 with our clients to enable a transformation that goes beyond mere HIPAA
 compliance."
     Organizations that want to determine how prepared they are to meet
 HIPAA requirements can take the Cerner HIPAA Assessment Survey, available
 on www.Cerner.com .
     Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:   CERN) ( www.cerner.com ) is the leading
 supplier of clinical and management information and knowledge systems to more
 than 1,400 health care organizations worldwide.  Cerner's mission is to
 connect the appropriate persons, knowledge, and resources at the appropriate
 time and location to achieve the optimal health outcome.  The company's vision
 is to improve the health of communities through innovation and investments in
 information technology.  Cerner strives to transform the health care delivery
 system b increasing the quality of care, improving efficiencies, eliminating
 medical error and connecting the individual to the system with innovative
 information solutions.  HNA Millennium is Cerner's comprehensive suite of
 solutions that promote personal and community health management by connecting
 consumers, clinicians and health care organizations into a streamlined,
 unified single care process.  HNA Millennium applications work on a cohesive
 platform that is open, intelligent and scalable, allowing vital health
 information to be accessed and shared throughout the health care system.
 Cerner ... we make health care smarter.
     The following are trademarks of Cerner:  Cerner and its logo, HNA
 Millennium, Capstone, ProFile, and ProFit.
 
     This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  It is important to note that the Company's
 performance, financial condition or business could differ materially from
 those expressed in such forward-looking statements.   The words "positioned,"
 "can address," "enable," "benefits," and similar expressions are intended to
 identify such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in the
 healthcare industry, the Company's proprietary technology may be subjected to
 infringement claims or may be infringed upon, regulation of the Company's
 software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other government
 regulation, the possibility of product-related liabilities, possible failures
 or defects in the performance of the Company's software and failure of the
 software to achieve the intended benefits.  Additional discussion of these and
 other factors affecting the Company's business is contained in the Company's
 periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company
 undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect
 changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in
 future operating results, financial condition or business over time.
 
 

SOURCE Cerner Corporation
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- With the approval yesterday by
 the Bush Administration of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
 (HIPAA) privacy regulations, health care organizations face an even greater
 burden of compliance around the protection of medical information. Cerner,
 through its integrated information technology architecture, is uniquely
 positioned to enable compliance with these regulations, and to help
 organizations transcend those efforts to generate improvements in patient
 safety and operational performance.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990421/CERNLOGO )
     "This legislation will place substantial financial burden on already
 stressed healthcare organizations.  Estimates range from $18 to $40 billion
 that will be spent on HIPAA regulatory compliance," said Trace Devanny,
 Cerner's president.  "We are not only positioned to provide the industry with
 superior solutions to address these requirements, to help them achieve
 compliance, but also to enable them, through our systems, to address the
 significant financial and safety issues they are dealing with."
     "HIPAA is an opportunity where you could win the battle, but lose the
 war," said Devanny.  "Some organizations are planning merely to win the
 battle -- to react by settling for compliance with HIPAA.  However, those
 organizations risk losing the war -- by not using information technology
 proactively and strategically to address patient safety, cost reductions, and
 other pressing demands articulated recently in the groundbreaking Institute of
 Medicine (IOM) report, 'Crossing the Quality Chasm.'  Many organizations will
 embrace information technology as a key strategy to addressing the significant
 issues they face, including privacy. They will be the victors."
     According to the latest report from the IOM, "... information technology
 must play a central role in the redesign of the health care system if a
 substantial improvement in health care quality is to be achieved during the
 coming decade" (Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st
 Century).  Cerner Corporation's HNA Millennium(R) is uniquely positioned to
 enable both HIPAA compliance and the transformation of a health care
 organization.  That is because Cerner's HNA Millennium(R) architecture
 provides a cohesive, unified system that integrates and manages information
 across an entire organization. This approach facilitates compliance with HIPAA
 regulations and substantially impacts care delivery with smart technology that
 assists in eliminating preventable medical error, reduces significant variance
 and unnecessary activities, thereby impacting costs.
     "The HIPAA privacy regulations pose a significant challenge to the
 information systems present in most health care organizations today," said
 John Travis, Cerner director of product management for security and privacy.
 "Cerner's HNA Millennium can address these in powerfully unique and valuable
 ways.  For example, 'Release of Information,' 'Role-based security' and
 third-party disclosure management must be handled consistently and in a
 synchronized fashion throughout the entire organization.  This will be very
 difficult to accomplish with disintegrated, disparate systems.  Cerner's
 security and privacy servers will enable comprehensive management of these
 functions because they are designed and built around a cohesive architecture
 and data model pervasive throughout all of our systems."
     "We are quite ready to enable clients to meet HIPAA requirements, but
 Cerner's benefits transcend those efforts with improved patient safety,
 operational performance improvements, and the ability to integrate care with
 the community," added Travis.  "Our skilled assessment teams will be working
 with our clients to enable a transformation that goes beyond mere HIPAA
 compliance."
     Organizations that want to determine how prepared they are to meet
 HIPAA requirements can take the Cerner HIPAA Assessment Survey, available
 on www.Cerner.com .
     Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:   CERN) ( www.cerner.com ) is the leading
 supplier of clinical and management information and knowledge systems to more
 than 1,400 health care organizations worldwide.  Cerner's mission is to
 connect the appropriate persons, knowledge, and resources at the appropriate
 time and location to achieve the optimal health outcome.  The company's vision
 is to improve the health of communities through innovation and investments in
 information technology.  Cerner strives to transform the health care delivery
 system b increasing the quality of care, improving efficiencies, eliminating
 medical error and connecting the individual to the system with innovative
 information solutions.  HNA Millennium is Cerner's comprehensive suite of
 solutions that promote personal and community health management by connecting
 consumers, clinicians and health care organizations into a streamlined,
 unified single care process.  HNA Millennium applications work on a cohesive
 platform that is open, intelligent and scalable, allowing vital health
 information to be accessed and shared throughout the health care system.
 Cerner ... we make health care smarter.
     The following are trademarks of Cerner:  Cerner and its logo, HNA
 Millennium, Capstone, ProFile, and ProFit.
 
     This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  It is important to note that the Company's
 performance, financial condition or business could differ materially from
 those expressed in such forward-looking statements.   The words "positioned,"
 "can address," "enable," "benefits," and similar expressions are intended to
 identify such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in the
 healthcare industry, the Company's proprietary technology may be subjected to
 infringement claims or may be infringed upon, regulation of the Company's
 software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other government
 regulation, the possibility of product-related liabilities, possible failures
 or defects in the performance of the Company's software and failure of the
 software to achieve the intended benefits.  Additional discussion of these and
 other factors affecting the Company's business is contained in the Company's
 periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company
 undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect
 changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in
 future operating results, financial condition or business over time.
 
 SOURCE  Cerner Corporation