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Cerner, Tiger Institute For Health Innovation Enable University Of Missouri Health Care To Achieve HIMSS Stage 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Tiger Institute and the University of Missouri Health Care achieved another milestone in electronic medical record adoption with the HIMSS Stage 7 award. This puts MU Health Care in the top 1.8% of hospitals in the nation in the use of technology to deliver safe, quality patient care. In 2009, the University of Missouri and Cerner (Nasdaq:CERN) created the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation as a unique, groundbreaking partnership designed to transform the health and care of Missourians. Since its founding three years ago, the Tiger Institute has led MUHC from HIMSS EMRAM Stage 3 to Stage 7 across five facilities.

"Achieving the highest level of electronic medical record adoption is not only an honor, but a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our clinicians and information technology staff," said Joanne Burns, chief information officer at MU Health Care. "The Tiger Institute's ultimate goal has always been to use health information technology to enhance the quality and safety of the care we provide. MU Health Care shares Cerner's belief that a solid technology infrastructure is the foundation for improving the health and care of patients and the community."

Working side-by-side, MU Health Care and the Tiger Institute are implementing solutions at an unprecedented rate, exceeding clinical and operational expectations and fostering clinical innovation. Since the founding of the partnership, MU Health Care has earned the following awards:

  • Missouri Quality Award
  • "Most Wired" hospital by the American Hospital Association's Hospitals & Health Networks magazine (in both 2011 and 2012)
  • US News and World Reports "Most Connected"
  • HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 across five facilities

"The Tiger Institute is one of Cerner's core strategies that supports our belief that health care is too important to stay the same. It is a partnership between two Missouri organizations who are committed to seeing the latest technological innovations put into practice for the betterment of the health of our communities," said Jeff Townsend, Cerner executive vice president and chief of staff. "Our impatience for change and passion to make a difference make this a personal mission for our associates."

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