Hospital nears pact with records firm



July 11, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Hospital trustees are a step closer to signing a contract with Cerner, Inc., to be its provider of electronic health records.

At their meeting Tuesday night, trustees discussed the need for the contract to have “teeth” in it to hold Cerner accountable not only for its product but also for its implementation in a timely fashion.

Trustees had reason to be concerned. In the past week many learned that Girard Medical Center had filed suit against Cerner for a breach of contract. Girard had hired Cerner to install a $2.9 million electronic medical records system. After one year and $1.9 million, the project was halted midstream, according to a July 2 article in The Kansas City Star.

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