Avaap Announces Successful Go-Live of Cerner CommunityWorks at Columbus Regional Healthcare System

EDISON, N.J. (May 13, 2019) – Avaap, one of the fastest growing management consulting and IT services firms focused on EHR and ERP, announced that on May 6, 2019 Columbus Regional Healthcare System (CRHS) went live on a new EHR, Cerner CommunityWorks. Through effective project leadership, multi-disciplinary involvement, detailed planning, stakeholder support, strong governance, a sustainable transformation plan, effective training and a unique physician experience the project was very successful.

Cerner CommunityWorks is a cloud-based deployment of Cerner’s traditional IT platform, tailored to meet the unique needs of community, critical access, and specialty hospitals. Through this model, and utilizing a clinically driven revenue cycle approach, Cerner is able to scale traditional solutions and services and enable high-quality care with a predictable total cost of ownership. Avaap is a strategic Cerner CommunityWorks partner with deep and broad experience in leading successful EHR implementations.

Starting in the fall of 2017, Avaap worked with CRHS on its system selection and pre-implementation planning to identify Cerner CommunityWorks as the right solution that aligned with CRHS’ business strategy and organizational goals. With its existing EHR platform ready for sunsetting, CRHS sought an affordable EHR that would enable the hospital to achieve the most modern technology and interoperable system that would take them into the future.

“Avaap was involved with the EHR transformation project prior to system selection planning through to go-live and post live stabilization,” said Dhiraj Shah, founder and CEO, Avaap. “We are proud of the collaboration and partnership between our consultants, Cerner and CRHS. Avaap’s expertise in IT, clinician efficiency, process improvement, and transformational leadership allows us to give back to the heart of healthcare, enabling CRHS to leverage best practices and achieve lower implementation costs to create a stronger, healthier community, with the patient at the center.”

The Cerner CommunityWorks EHR will support 60+ physicians and 300+ clinicians to drive better use of technology for the benefit of patients and users. As part of the implementation, Avaap worked with Cerner and CRHS to explore opportunities to improve efficient use of the system. Clinicians and physicians were involved in the decision-making and training process to increase system usability and ensure post go-live CRHS physicians are spending time interacting with patients – not documenting in the EHR – and that they are able to complete documentation efficiently during office hours.

“Our vision was to improve patient safety and patient outcomes, increase provider efficiency entering data, improve clinical collaboration, and provide a complete medical record that covers the continuum of care across inpatient and outpatient settings,” said Dr. Samuel Wheatley, CMO, Columbus Regional Healthcare System. “We had the foresight to find a partner we could trust to guide us in our decisions and be able to take full advantage of lessons learned and experiences gained through prior implementations. The partnership between Avaap, CRHS, and Cerner resulted in a smooth implementation that will enable CRHS to advance healthcare in the communities we serve.”


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