TIFTON, Ga., April 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) has selected Cerner, a global leader in health care, to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management system across its acute and ambulatory facilities.

"We are committed to providing the highest quality of care possible to Tift County and the surrounding communities," said William T. Richardson, president and CEO, TRHS. "Cerner understands our long-term vision, and we value its position and commitment to transforming health care IT across the globe."

With the enterprise-wide Cerner Millennium ® system, TRHS will have the ability to manage and integrate clinical and financial data to help direct patient activities across the continuum of care. By reducing interfaces and niche third-party systems, Millennium's integrated workflow will enable model processes to support the health systems' needs, culture and mission. 

"We look forward to achieving the benefits expected from having many of our physicians on one EHR," said Guy McAllister, CIO and VP, TRHS. "Having access to integrated clinical and financial information will provide us with a platform that works for our organization versus our organization working around a disconnected system."  

"Cerner and TRHS will leverage the advanced health IT system to work toward our measurable goals of increased physician usability, strong patient outcomes and improved cost efficiency," said David McEachin, MD, CMIO, TRHS.

As part of the new Cerner relationship, TRHS has signed up for interoperability services, including CommonWell Health Alliance to use its functions for patient identity management, record locator service and document query and retrieval. CommonWell services will enable patients to share their existing medical records with TRHS care providers and others that provide care, regardless of geographic location or health IT system affiliation.

"Together, we'll use our collective talents to support quality health care and improved outcomes to benefit the patients and families in Tift County, across Georgia and throughout the nation. We look forward to working with Tift Regional Health System physicians and staff," said Zane Burke, president, Cerner.

About Tift Regional Health System

Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) is a leading health care provider serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia. Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), the flagship hospital for TRHS, is a 181-bed regional referral center offering signature services in surgery, oncology, cardiovascular care, women's health and more. TRHS comprises of TRMC and the TRMC West Campus in Tifton, Cook Medical Center and Cook Senior Living Center in Adel and Tift Regional Physician Group with clinics located throughout the region. Please visit www.tiftregional.com for more information.   

About Cerner

Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 20,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients' clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner's mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. For more information about Cerner, visit cerner.com, read our blog at  cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at  twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at facebook.com/cerner. Our website, blog, Twitter account and Facebook page contain a significant amount of information about Cerner, including financial and other information for investors.
Media Contact: Tift Regional Health System: Chris Efaw, chris.efaw@tiftregional.com Cerner: Angela Vogen, angela.vogen@cerner.com, 816-571-9189

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