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Miami, FL (September 13, 2010) – Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) has announced that it has signed a contract with Cerner, a leading global supplier of healthcare solutions, healthcare devices and related services, to acquire an electronic medical record system.

MCH will implement multiple Cerner solutions to automate processes in the emergency department, laboratory, surgery, radiology and pharmacy. The electronic medical record (EMR) system also includes house-wide Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS). The second phase of implementation is expected to automate the revenue cycle with Cerner’s revenue cycle offerings. This new automated solution will enable clinicians to have instant access to proven best practices and evidence-based decision support.           

With the acquisition of the Cerner system, which is internally named PEDS or Pediatric Electronic Data System, the hospital begins an 18-month transition towards a paperless chart system for patients. PEDS will streamline the registration process, optimize compliance and improve efficiency, which will in turn allow healthcare workers to enhance the delivery of care for the children they serve.

MCH will begin integrating the many separate systems now in place with a cutting edge EMR framework. Once completed, authorized physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians and business office personnel can all access one patient record at the same time, regardless of where they are located with a handheld electronic device. With PEDS, information is available whenever and wherever it’s needed.

            “The benefits of the EMR system to patients and care staff are immense. With radiology, laboratory, inpatient care, outpatient care, rehabilitation services, urgent care, and patient billing all under one umbrella system, MCH will increase efficiency in managing the needs of our young patients,” said M. Narendra Kini, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Miami Children’s Hospital. “Families will no longer have to register separately for each service, and caregivers will have ready access to the entire panorama of data associated with a patient’s care within our system.”


About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.

About Cerner
Cerner is transforming healthcare by eliminating error, variance and waste for healthcare providers and consumers around the world. Cerner® solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations ranging in size from single-doctor practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, employer health and wellness services industry and for the healthcare commerce system. These solutions are licensed by more than 8,500 facilities around the world, including approximately 2,300 hospitals; 3,400 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 600 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 700 home-health facilities; and 1,500 retail pharmacies. The trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the “Marks”) set forth herein are registered and unregistered trademarks and/or service marks owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube .