Revolutionizing Health Care, Saving Lives: Why Cerner Analytics Make Sense for Our Military

For years, sepsis has been one of the leading causes of death among Americans. It is a life-threatening, whole-body inflammation resulting in complications from infection, and it affects 18 million people per year worldwide. Of those affected, as many as one out of every two patients will die, and in the United States alone, sepsis kills nearly a quarter of a million people every year.

Cerner, one of the nation’s leading providers of health IT solutions, is tackling the problem head-on. For the past 25 years, they have used cutting-edge data analytics to cultivate predictive models that give doctors and nurses the tools they need to better serve their patients. Their work includes the development of a system that identifies early indicators of sepsis risk, monitors vital information and helps doctors provide the right treatment to keep patients sepsis free. Already, the more-than 400 health facilities using Cerner’s sepsis model are seeing results. According to Cerner, at Trinity Health in Novi, Michigan, the sepsis predictor has saved nearly 2,000 lives and $30 million dollars in medical expenses.

Cerner’s industry-changing technology is leading the way into the future. They are revolutionizing the way health is managed by further utilizing advanced data in programs like Cerner Math – a technology that leverages statistical analysis to accurately predict risk and offer real-time feedback on critical health issues facing our military. The same innovations that helped save lives from sepsis prevention can be applied to health risks like post-traumatic stress and suicide risk detection among patients.

Cerner has begun making these technologies available in the private sector, and Cerner experts were on Capitol Hill today to talk about how they could also benefit our military and veteran communities.

A few highlights of the discussion include:

  • First, Cerner’s accomplishments in sepsis detection and prevention can directly apply to inpatient settings in our military treatment facilities and VA facilities. Hospital patients and combat wound victims are at a higher risk of contracting sepsis, and the systems that have saved lives in places like Trinity Health can work for service members receiving DOD and VA care.
  • Second, America loses 22 veterans to suicide every day. Through predictive modeling, Cerner can accurately identify active duty service members and veterans who are at an elevated risk for suicide and provide real-time feedback for care teams so they can intervene quickly and provide aid.
  • Finally, Cerner can improve care for the one in three service members who are being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress . In inpatient and outpatient settings, the modeling technology accurately determines elevated risk, enables care teams to act and ultimately improves the quality of life for patients through early detection and treatment.

Cerner’s work is changing health care delivery in the private sector and demonstrating how the Partnership’s proven innovations can apply to the most pressing needs of America’s armed services. By utilizing groundbreaking developments in health data, the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health is prepared to implement solutions that serve those who serve our country every day.