Cerner improves healthcare IT competency of future care givers
Cerner Corp. is working with the University of Kansas School of Medicine to bring healthcare information technology to the hands of future doctors. The healthcare IT company has partnered with the school to provide clinical systems and decision support in the education of the next generation of physicians.

The program will expand an already strong partnership between Cerner and the University of Kansas, according to Cerner. In 1999, Cerner and the University of Kansas School of Nursing began engineering a program that integrated Cerner's software into the classroom, teaching future nurses to document care and to view overall records in an electronic format.

The program, called Simulated E-hEalth Delivery System (SEEDS), officially debuted in the fall of 2001. The software offers information to nurses at the point of learning, enhancing their decision-making skills and increasing their critical thinking in a laboratory featuring a simulated electronic medical record.

In related news, Cerner said the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., will incorporate healthcare IT into its curriculum using Cerner technology. The program, titled Advancing Technology and Healthcare Education Now at St. Scholastica (ATHENS), implemented Cerner systems into the college's nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology and health information management to increase the competency of its graduates working in an electronic care environment.