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Published on September 05, 2019

NKCH, Meritas Health Launch Unified Electronic Medical Record

One View logoNKCH and Meritas Health are unifying patient records into one Cerner PowerChart system. The organizations will collaborate on the project, called OneView, which will impact 37 Meritas Health clinics, 300 physicians (Meritas and non-Meritas) and 57 hospital departments.

“A unified system will promote the best patient quality, outcomes, and provider satisfaction, and will drive efficiency across the organization,” Chief Medical Information Officer Todd J. Beardman, MD, said. “It will be a true collaboration of healthcare providers, cumulating in an integrated health record that will transform the patient care experience.”

OneView for Physicians

Training Dates

Meritas Health project implementation will comprise two phases. NKCH providers may visit for a list of clinic implementation assignments.

Phase 1

Staff and Providers:
March 9-22, 2020

Clinic Practice:
March 23-28, 2020

Go Live:
March 30, 2020

Phase 2

Staff and Providers:
April 20-May 3, 2020

Clinic Practice:
May 4-9, 2020

Go Live:
May 11, 2020

The OneView project will connect patient health information across the continuum of care so any Meritas Health or NKCH physician can view a patient’s electronic record for outpatient or inpatient services.

“For all intents and purposes, the patient record will look the same, but it will have more content,” Dr. Beardman said.

Patients with visits in the last five years will be migrated into Cerner, while records five years or older will be included and accessible through a seamless archive.

Unifying records also will extend to other providers, including Children’s Mercy Hospital, The University of Kansas Health System and Saint Luke’s Hospital. Through CommonWell and CareQuality, NKCH and Meritas Heath physicians will have access to these patient records, when clinically appropriate, for making patient care decisions.

OneView for Patients

Patients will benefit most. They will no longer need to access both NKCH and Meritas Health patient portals to see their records.

“The patient portal will combine all of their health data, including their appointments, medications, labs and test results,” Dr. Beardman said.

Patients also can use the portal to message their physicians; select phone, text or mail appointment reminders; and access educational health materials.

Unanimous Support

A representative from each Meritas Health specialty is a member of the Meritas Health ambulatory physician workgroup,

“I appreciate the support of the workgroup, which began work on the project over a year ago,” Dr. Beardman added. “I have never had a project with such unanimous support, and every provider is on board with this project. They understand the importance of having the ability to share patient information across our hospital health system and making it accessible in one view for patients.”

Todd J. Beardman, MD

Todd Beardman, MDDr. Beardman earned his medical degree from and was a resident in internal medicine/pediatrics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.