February 26, 2008 - Cerner Corp. and Hill-Rom formed a partnership to integrate their technologies to improve and coordinate healthcare delivery, featuring Hill-Rom hospital beds that communicate directly with the Cerner Millennium healthcare computing platform.
The partnership will first focus on integration of Hill-Rom’s bed systems, such as VersaCare and TotalCare, with the Cerner Millennium system. Utilizing the Cerner CareAware global device connectivity architecture, the intelligent bed is able to feed data, including patient weight, bed rail position and head elevation, to the Cerner Millennium system. Access to real-time information and automation of labor-intensive tasks not only furthers safety initiatives, but also allows clinicians to spend more time with patients.
The relationship is also expected to expand to integrate the Cerner CareAware architecture with other Hill-Rom IT solutions such as nurse call, asset management and NaviCare Patient Flow. Likely integrations include Hill-Rom’s asset management software and the Cerner CareAware architecture to provide an enhanced solution to a hospital’s asset tracking needs - including asset tracking, utilization management and reduction of cross-contamination events. Integration with NaviCare Patient Flow and Nurse Call would reportedly help the Cerner Smart Room, the company’s solution to improve patient care and clinician efficiency through advanced technology, by providing clients with enhanced communication, real-time patient tracking and intelligent task management for clinical operations, according to the company.