Xealth, a Seattle, WA-based company enabling digital health at scale, and Cerner Corporation, today announced a collaboration that will bring digital health tools to clinicians and patients to improve the healthcare experience. As part of this agreement, Cerner and Xealth plan to jointly develop digital health solutions that extend the value of the electronic health record (EHR). Already integrated into Epic, this integration puts Xealth in the EHR of record for more than half of the U.S. hospital systems.
In addition, Cerner and LRVHealth have together invested $6M in Xealth. Cerner joins Xealth investors including Atrium Health, Cleveland Clinic, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, MemorialCare Innovation Fund, Providence Ventures and UPMC as well as McKesson, Novartis, Philips, and ResMed.
Xealth/Cerner EHR Integration Details
At its core, the relationship between Xealth and Cerner aims to give patients their own digital data so they can be more engaged in their treatment plans. The Xealth platform is designed to help clinicians easily integrate, prescribe and monitor digital health tools for patients from one location in the EHR. Care teams will be able to order solutions directly from the EHR to manage conditions including chronic diseases, behavioral health, maternity care and surgery preparation. Incorporating Xealth into Cerner’s technology and patient portal provides easier access to personal health information and gives care teams the ability to monitor patient engagement with the tools and analyze the effects of increased engagement on their healthcare and recovery.
The collaboration between Cerner and Xealth will provide care teams and patients convenience and help improve care accessibility. Better communications and engagement with key members of their care team will create an experience that is connected across settings before, during and after a care encounter.
Why It Matters
During the recent surge of COVID-19 across the world, tools that automate patient education, deliver virtual care, support telehealth and offer remote patient monitoring have become even more prominent, creating new methods to inform care decisions and keep care teams and patients connected.
“Today, we have the unique opportunity to improve people’s lives by allowing active participation in their own treatment plans,” said David Bradshaw, Senior Vice President, Consumer and Employer Solutions, Cerner. “Patients want greater access to their health information and are motivated to help care teams find the most appropriate road to recovery. Xealth and Cerner are making it easier and more convenient for patients and clinicians to accelerate healthcare in a more consumer-centric experience.”
Incorporating Xealth’s digital health platform with clinician recommendations has been shown to increase patient engagement rates as compared to a direct to consumer approach. The company powers more than 30 digital health solutions, connecting patients with educational content, remote patient monitoring, virtual care platforms, e-commerce product recommendations and other services needed to improve health outcomes.
“In order for digital health to have lasting impact, it needs to show value and ease for both the care team and patient,” said Mike McSherry, CEO and Co-Founder of Xealth. “We strongly believe that technology should nurture deeper patient-provider relationships and facilitate information sharing across systems and the care settings. It is exciting work with Cerner to simplify meaningful digital health for its health partners.”
“Combining our expertise in developing interactive digital solutions that improve the patient experience with Cerner’s world-class platforms creates immense opportunity for our clients to better meet the needs of today’s highly connected healthcare consumer,” concluded McSherry.