Cerner integrates handheld computing technology with PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform

Brighton 18 March 2002PatientKeeper has signed an agreement in which Cerner will standardise its mobile handheld offerings on PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform. This standardisation will allow Cerner Millennium clients access to the most advanced mobile and wireless technology in health care. Using PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform and Software Development Kits, Cerner's business enterprises will be able to more easily develop mobile applications and deploy them as part of any Cerner Millennium installation.


In addition, the two companies have agreed to further collaborate by jointly developing a suite of handheld clinical applications utilising Cerner's MillenniumObjects, Cerner's open architecture toolkit for client and third-party health care application development.

The Mobilizer Platform enables secure, portable, two-way exchange of patient and clinical data for an entire health care enterprise. The platform provides application interoperability, context management, advanced security features, centralised browser-based administration, and reporting capabilities. It also supports a wide selection of handheld devices including Palm OS and Pocket PC, and wireless and non-wireless transports (802.11b, Bluetooth, WWAN, network cradles, infrared, etc.). These capabilities will allow Cerner's clients to establish an effective long-term strategy for enterprise-wide deployment of handheld computing technology.

"Wireless technologies are an increasingly important factor in the clinical environment", stated Trace Devanny, Cerner's president. "After an extensive evaluation of the marketplace, we believe PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform provides the value our clients seek and supports the vision that Cerner delivers. We chose PatientKeeper because it works with Cerner systems to successfully drive two-way information exchanges with mobile clinicians throughout a facility, a tremendous value-add to our clients and the patients they care for."

"Cerner's decision to standardise on the Mobilizer Platform expands the relationship we established over a year ago and represents a tremendous vote of confidence in our technology and strategy", stated Gary F. Foster, PatientKeeper's president and chief executive officer. PatientKeeper Inc. utilises an open, mobile platform to empower health care providers to capitalise on the potential of mobile technology to save lives, time, and money.

PatientKeeper integrates disparate mobile applications, disparate mobile devices, disparate mobile initiatives, and disparate hospital information systems. PatientKeeper's products are currently used by leading hospitals, premier HIS companies, and over 45.000 clinicians. PatientKeeper is committed to an open architecture and universal platform for mobile healthcare computing, enabling independently authored applications to be integrated seamlessly on one handheld device.

PatientKeeper offers a range of mobile computing solutions including PatientKeeper Personal; ChargeKeeper, for charge capture; LabKeeper, for lab results; DxKeeper, for tracking clinical problems; RxKeeper, for medication profiles; TestKeeper, for radiology, pathology, and microbiology reports; NoteKeeper, for clinical notes; VitalsKeeper, for vitals and I/O's; OrderStatusKeeper, for order statuses; and AllergyKeeper, for allergies profiles. More news is available in the VMW March 2002 article Four top hospitals standardise on PatientKeeper's Mobilizer Platform to make physicians mobile and wireless.

Leslie Versweyveld

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