Cerner, Keystone Technologies, Stanley Healthcare, and MatrixCare Make Summer News

| August 18, 2015

CAST Business Associate Cerner made headlines in late July when the company and its partners won a contract to provide the Department of Defense with a new electronic health record system. Other CAST Business Associates in the news included MatrixCare, Keystone Technologies, and Stanley Healthcare.

CAST Business Associate Cerner made headlines in late July when the company and its partners won a contract to provide the Department of Defense (DoD) with a new electronic health record (EHR) system. Other CAST Business Associates in the news included MatrixCare, Keystone Technologies, and Stanley Healthcare.

Cerner: Winner of Department of Defense EHR Contract 

CAST Business Associate Cerner is one of 3 companies chosen to provide an “off-the-shelf” EHR for the DoD. 

Other members of the contract-winning team are Leidos and Accenture. Cerner is the core EHR supplier on the team, reported Healthcare IT News on July 29. 

DoD intends to deploy the EHR software at 8 sites in the Pacific Northwest by end of calendar year 2016 and at approximately 1,000 sites by 2022.

"We are honored, humbled and excited to be a part of the team that won what we believe was the most objective and comprehensive evaluation of technology platforms and solutions ever conducted,” said Cerner President Zane Burke.

Cerner's EHR suite will replace the DoD's legacy health information technology system in its 55 hospitals and more than 350 clinics, as well as in ships, submarines, and other locations in the theater of military operations, reported Healthcare IT News on Aug. 5. The system will serve 9.6 million beneficiaries. 

Program costs for the EHR are estimated at $9 billion over the next 18 years.

MatrixCare: Offering a Fall Risk Assessment Tool 

The Johns Hopkins' Fall Risk Assessment Tool is now part of the Clinical Coach clinical decision support product from CAST Business Associate MatrixCare

The Hopkins content was developed through a fall risk safety initiative and is licensed by more than 100 hospitals. MatrixCare Clinical Coach and Clinical Guardian are decision-support tools designed to help providers reduce costs and rehospitalizations, according to McKnight's Long-Term Care News.  

“Clinical decision support embedded directly into EHR workflows will be critical for long-term care providers to leverage clinical resources to provide consistent, quality care for the growing population of seniors,” said MatrixCare President and CEO John Damgaard.

Keystone Technologies: 4 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Changing Senior Living

CAST Business Associate Keystone Technologies was recently featured in a Senior Housing News article about how artificial intelligence is changing senior living. 

“Care is emerging across sensor-based technology in association with artificial intelligence to allow us to predict and prevent negative health events,” the company’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andy Belval told the newsletter.

The 15-month-old startup offers a monitoring-based artificial intelligence platform that it says “is changing the nature of care” in 4 ways:

  1. Predicting and preventing negative health events: The platform’s 4 motion sensors, 1 bed sensor, and 1 depth sensor proactively measure the activities of a particular resident, learn those activities over time, recognize changes, and alert caregivers to prevent negative health events.
  2. Increasing occupancy: Eliminating negative health events means less time in hospitals and other higher acuity settings, says Senior Housing News. A 2010 pilot program found that the average length of stay at TigerPlace Independent Living in Columbia, MO, was 1.72 years longer for older adults living with the Keystone solution.
  3. Attracting Accountable Care Organizations (ACO): The ability to provide real-time information through non-human intervention and tracking will give senior living providers a place in the ACO conversation, says Belval.
  4. Eliminating false positives: A system based on artificial intelligence provides statistically significant data, says Belval.

Stanley Healthcare: Helping Episcopal Senior Communities Track Residents

A recent article in Fortune touted the remote monitoring system that CAST Business Associate Stanley Healthcare has implemented at 6 continuing care retirement communities owned by Episcopal Senior Communities, a LeadingAge member in Walnut Creek, CA.

“The combination of sensors, senior living, and resulting analytics are an experiment worth watching as the population ages,” says Fortune

The Stanley Healthcare system features trackers that are located in pendants that residents wear. The trackers can also double as a way for a resident to call a staff member when he or she needs assistance. 

At first, only residents with dementia wore the trackers. However, all assisted living residents have now adopted the technology on a voluntary basis. Residents in independent living are asking for the trackers, reports Fortune.