Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cerner-RSI partnership announced

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Cerner Corp., one of the leading companies in health care information technology, has partnered with RSI (Rainbow Services, Inc.), a crisis stabilization center, as a test site for Cerner’s behavioral health electronic medical record. 

RSI is a subsidiary of Wyandot Center, an agency of the Wyandot, Inc. family of organizations. RSI, located at 36th and Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan., provides a 24/7 sobering unit, crisis observation unit and a crisis stabilization unit for persons experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse crises.

Karen Suddath, chief operations officer, Wyandot, Inc., says that the organization transitioned to Cerner Community Behavioral Health as its new electronic medical record for mental health services in 2013.  RSI opened in April 2014.

Based on RSI’s need for a 24/7 behavioral health IT solution, Cerner agreed to contribute software/licensing/upgrades to this major initiative.

“This  important partnership allows Wyandot/RSI and Cerner to learn from the crisis center IT experience to better understand, develop and test information management tools, which will ultimately help Wyandot deliver care to those struggling to access the assistance they need,” says  Melinda Wagner, general manager of behavioral health at Cerner.