Sharp HealthCare has agreed to extend its Cerner Corp.-developed electronic health record system to Sharp Community Medical Group, one of the San Diego-based health system’s affiliated medical groups.
The decision, announced Sept. 1 by Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner, means the medical group will use the PowerChart Ambulatory system to support more than 200 primary care and specialty physicians at Sharp outpatient facilities and independent physician practices.
The new system will be integrated with Sharp’s existing electronic health record, Cerner Millennium.
The Missouri health information technologies company said PowerChart makes it easier to reconcile, aggregate and normalize clinical data used for reporting and decision-making. It said the system makes physician work more efficient and leads to better patient outcomes.
“The integrated system will help physicians gain a more complete picture of the patient and better coordinate care across the continuum,” Cerner President Zane Burke said in a news release.
Sharp has four acute-care and three specialty hospitals, as well as a health plan, two affiliated medical groups and outpatient facilities.