Cerner to supply EHR to DHS

Cerner will supply an electronic health records system to the seven care and treatment facilities operated by the state Department of Health Services (DHS). 

The 10-year, $33 million contract calls for the implementation of an electronic health records system for Central Wisconsin Center in Madison, Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Northern Wisconsin Center in Chippewa Falls, Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, Southern Wisconsin Center in Union Grove, Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Winnebago, and the Wisconsin Resource Center in Winnebago.

Epic did not submit a bid for this project. 

The electronic health records system will modernize the creation and management of patient records at each facility. This will result in more coordinated, efficient services, according to DHS. Currently, these records are kept on paper. The paper records are supplemented by various facility-specific electronic applications. 

Funding for this project was included in the 2013-15 state budget. 

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