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Plumas District Hospital Teams with Cerner to Launch New Electronic Health Record


A number of issues prompted Plumas District Hospital’s (PDH) decision to upgrade its electronic health record (EHR), not the least of which was the complications that come with disjointed EHR applications. After a year and a half long review of five EHRs, including analysis of a total of 67 features hospital leaders, physicians and the board members decided to make the switch to Cerner CommunityWorks. The system is slated to go live in September 2019.

The selection of Cerner CommunityWorksprovides a unified digital record of a patient’s visit history for services rendered in Plumas District Hospital and its rural health clinics. This “clinical integration” allows PDH to scrap at least eight other software applications.The new EHR will be used throughout PDH and its two rural health clinics, Plumas Rural Health Center and Indian Valley Medical Clinic.

Clinical integration will enhance patient safety through increased accuracy. Additionally, through a new online portal, patients will be able to securely message their health provider, schedule appointments, view and settle financial balances and access their health history.

“Plumas District Hospital strives to be the best place for patients to receive care, employees to work, physicians and advanced care practitioners to practice medicine, our partnership with Cerner is a foundational step in creating an environment where information can be shared to improve the quality of healthcare in Plumas County,” said chief executive officer JoDee Tittle MBA.

Cerner CommunityWorks, is a cloud-based model designed to serve rural and community hospitals. The business model ensures that PDH will always maximize the most current technology while reducingthe IT operational burden associated with system updates, enhancements and code upgrades.

PDH selected Cerner to transform the care it provides to more than 10,000 community residents in Quincy and the surrounding communities through its 16-bed critical access hospital and its rural health clinics.

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