Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based non-profit system of hospitals, has announced a new multi-year partnership with Cerner, under which it will implement Cerner’s electronic medical record and revenue cycle solutions across all of its hospitals and clinics.

The non-profit system operates 22 hospitals and 185 clinics, and has a medical group that employs 1,000 physicians in Utah and Idaho.

Under the multi-year agreement, both companies will seek to build a set of tools designed for a ‘post-fee-for-service world’, in areas such as activity-based costing.

Intermountain Healthcare president and CEO Dr Charles Sorenson said that the alliance will help Intermountain to continue its focus on providing high-quality care.

"It will help us prepare for a future where we must focus even more on providing the best possible care for our patients at a cost that is sustainable," Dr Sorenson added.

"It will help us prepare for a future where we must focus even more on providing the best possible care for our patients at a cost that is sustainable."

The partnership will see the two enterprises fully leverage their strengths to drive improvements in healthcare quality.

As part of the collaboration, several key Cerner leaders and staff led by Cerner executive vice president Jeff Townsend will relocate to Salt Lake City, Utah, to join with Intermountain’s executives in helping improve care for the region and the nation.

Cerner chairman and CEO Neal Patterson said that Intermountain has a globally recognised focus on systematically working to increase quality and decrease cost.

"Intermountain’s vision around Shared Accountability represents the future of healthcare," Patterson added.

Intermountain selected Cerner following a comprehensive year-long decision-making process involving a range of criteria that included clinical and financial functionality, innovative culture, and supplier commitment to the open interchange of information.

Intermountain Healthcare executive vice president and CFO Bert Zimmerli said that the healthcare industry is changing significantly, as it transitions from being paid for volume on a fee-for-service basis to value measured by clinical outcomes and success in improving the health of a community.

"I am excited about working with a partner who shares our vision and commitment to constantly raising the bar and asking ‘how good can we be?’ This decision is not so much about the present, but is much more about the future and what will help create a model health system that is best for our children and grandchildren," Zimmerli added.

Intermountain hopes its partnership with Cerner will enhance the quality and efficiency of its services, thereby helping to improve the health of the communities it serves.