CDW Healthcare and Cerner Corporation Collaborate To Expand Electronic Health Record Adoption Among Physician Practices

VERNON HILLS, Ill. & KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(Business Wire)-- CDWHealthcare, part of the public sector subsidiary of CDW Corporation and Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN), a global provider of healthcare solutions, today announced an agreement for CDW to offer Cerner® physician practice solutions. The collaboration marks the first time the complete suite of Cerner ambulatory solutions for physician practices are available through a national channel partner.

Working in concert, Cerner and CDW Healthcare will offer physicians one-stop software, hardware and service offerings along with comprehensive client service. To quickly deploy the electronic health record (EHR) system, practices can choose between a locally-hosted model or the industry-leading Cerner application service provider (ASP) model hosted in its state-of-the-art technology centers. Physicians benefit from packages that include training, solutions delivery, hosting services, upgrades and support for an affordable monthly subscription. The Cerner ambulatory EHR solution is certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). Physicians can select the Cerner EHR solution with confidence as the company is committed to obtaining certification for the enabling requirements of "meaningful use" under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

In addition to accessing a suite of proven Cerner solutions, physician offices can utilize CDW Healthcare's extensive technology offerings, including hardware and software products from more than 1,000 manufacturer partners. Drawing upon years of experience in helping more than 15,000 healthcare organizations meet their technology needs, CDW Healthcare has the expertise and capability to satisfy the requirements of providers of all sizes, from individual physician practices to multi-location, interconnected campuses by providing product guidance, solution customization and deployment services.

"While adoption of EHRs in the U.S. marketplace has been slow, many physicians will look to implement EHRs in the next 24 months due to the HITECH provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," said Mike Valentine, Cerner Corporation Worldwide Client Organization executive vice president. "Our collaboration with CDW Healthcare provides our clients a single touch point for technology expertise, solutions guidance and deployment services, enabling them to focus on what matters most - providing quality patient care and improving the financial health of their practice."

ARRA contains both incentives for early adoption of EHR systems and reimbursement penalties for late and non-adoption. With finances at stake, many physician practices will soon need to tackle both the management and technology challenges associated with implementing an EHR system. The limited personnel resources in most physician offices can sometimes make this a complex undertaking. Most are small businesses with one or two practicing physicians, leaving caregivers with little time to focus on technology-related concerns.

"Physicians and their IT teams have real dollars at stake for meeting the 2011 meaningful use requirements in the Federal stimulus package," said Bob Rossi, vice president of CDW Healthcare. "For the first time, physician practices seeking to adopt EHR solutions can benefit from the combined expertise of two industry-leading technology providers. By combining our industry knowledge and the breadth of our product offerings with Cerner`s world-class clinical solutions, we can provide customers with the end-to-end support necessary to pursue successful EHR implementations."

CDW Healthcare will begin marketing Cerner solutions as of Nov. 1. For more information on related technologies, or to speak with a CDW Healthcare account manager, please visit

About Cerner Corporation

Cerner is transforming healthcare by eliminating error, variance and waste for healthcare providers and consumers around the world. Cerner solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations ranging in size from single-doctor
practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and for the healthcare commerce system. These solutions are licensed by more than 8,000 facilities around the world, including approximately 2,100 hospitals; 3,300 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 600 home-health facilities; and 1,500 retail pharmacies. The following are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner and Cerner`s logo. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit our Web site at

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