KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq:CERN) announced successful client deployments of CareAware Connect™, a new mobility and communications solution for clinicians at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, Ohio, and the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Fla. CareAware Connect is a clinical mobility solution designed for a smart phone device, which brings together communications, alarm management and nursing workflow tools on a single device.

CareAware Connect enables clinicians to make voice calls inside and outside their facility, send HIPAA secure text messages and review clinical electronic health record (EHR) data and alerts on their smart phone device.

CareAware Connect is initially designed to run on the Apple iPhone, which utilizes a hospital's existing wireless infrastructure rather than requiring a cellular plan. Cerner is an Apple Authorized Reseller for the iPhone as well as all other Apple computing devices.

CareAware Connect utilizes CareAware® as well as the Millennium+ architecture to deliver a user experience that is fast, easy and smart:
  • Fast: Access to patient information and results
  • Easy: Collaboration among care team members
  • Smart: Clinically-relevant alarm management improves response and reduces alarm fatigue

"CareAware Connect represents a significant addition of communication capabilities to the CareAware vendor-neutral platform enabling interoperability and seamless communication between medical devices, health care applications and electronic health record systems," said Don Bisbee, senior vice president with Cerner. "With the addition of voice and secure messaging, new workflow efficiencies in the health care environment are now possible by enabling a more connected care team and effective cross-continuum communications." 

"We are pleased to add this new solution to our technology resources that help us provide our patients with the safest and highest quality of care possible. It allows us to quickly and securely communicate patient information enhancing collaboration by the care team," said John Britton, Vice President of Information Services, Fisher-TitusMedical Center .

"This new technology gives nurses quick access to electronic patient information and facilitates communication among the clinical professionals caring for each patient in a HIPAA secure manner. New solutions like CareAware Connect enhance efficient and effective patient care which can result in improved outcomes for all involved," said Michele Thoman, Chief Nursing Officer, NCH Healthcare System.

At the upcoming Cerner Health Conference, Cerner will discuss further plans to extend CareAware Connect to physicians and add bar-code enabled workflows in future releases.

About Cerner

Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we've learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.

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About Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Fisher-Titus Medical Center, a 99-bed non-profit community hospital, provides comprehensive medical services including hospital care, outpatient and diagnostic services, transitional care, long-term care, assisted living, and home health care for 70,000-plus residents in Norwalk, Huron County and the region. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and an outstanding team of physicians representing 35 medical specialties, Fisher-Titus has earned numerous national recognitions for clinical quality and patient care. The Medical Center is accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and also is a Fully Accredited Chest Pain Center, a Primary Stroke Center and a Level 3 Trauma Center. Over the past decade the Medical Center invested $200 million in capital equipment and facility expansions, became the nations' first all-digital smart community hospital in 2010 and was named among Healthcare's "Most Wired" in 2012. For more information, visit  www.fisher-titus.org. Like us at www.facebook.com/fishertitusmedicalcenter.

About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, United States.  The System is more than just two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 715 beds. The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 636 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive.  Inpatient services include:  medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics.  Outpatient services include:  rehabilitation, home care, walk-in centers, wound healing, and more. This year the system had 37,000 admissions, 94,000 emergency room visits, 2,900 births, 395 open heart surgeries, 11,284 surgical procedures, and 3,900 employee colleagues. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. For more information, visit www.NCHmd.org.
CONTACT: Cerner Media Contact:         Megan Moriarty, (816) 888-2470,         megan.moriarty@cerner.com                  Cerner Investors Contact:         Allan Kells, (816) 201-2445,         akells@cerner.com                  Fisher-Titus Medical Center Media Contact:         Johnna Young, (419) 668-8101 ext. 6630,         jyoung@ftmc.com                  NCH Healthcare System Media Contact:         Debbie Curry, (239) 624-3975,         debbie.curry@nchmd.org