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Adventist Health is Increasing Quality of Care and Patient Safety without Government or Third-Party Reimbursement

Posted Sep 26 2008 5:17pm

by Don Ammon

It takes a great leap of faith for a non-profit hospital system to make very significant capital investment decisions without the promise of outside reimbursement from government or other third-party payers.

In the case of Adventist Health, headquartered in Roseville, California, and operating healthcare facilities throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, the decision was important for the future, considering the positive impact it will have on quality of care and patient safety. And we are certain that we will recover our investment over the next 10 years in terms of that positive impact.

Five years ago, Adventist Health committed an initial $75 million over two phases to begin installation of the Cerner Millennium healthcare information technology architecture in our 20 hospitals, which range in size from 25 to 450 beds. At the end of a three-year time frame, we approved another two phases to the Cerner project, representing an additional investment of $40 million. The fourth and final implementation phase is currently in progress.

In real terms, Adventist Health will invest the equivalent of a new medium-sized hospital facility on this project.  Many others have made the same choice, and it is a good one.  I believe health systems and hospitals that adopt such a tremendous initiative should be recognized and applauded for improving healthcare.

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