Monica Trujillo and Michael Draheim head to Cerner

EMR vendor Cerner Asia Pacific has appointed high-profile digital health experts Monica Trujillo and Michael Draheim to senior positions with the company.

Mr Draheim will oversee Cerner's expanding position in Victoria and South Australia, having led the roll out of Cerner's digital hospital stack at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, the first public hospital in the country to reach HIMSS electronic medical record adoption model (EMRAM) level 6.

Dr Trujillo, formerly the chief clinical information officer (CCIO) with the Australian Digital Health Agency, will take on the same position at Cerner, as well as becoming the company's chief medical officer.

Dr Trujillo, a medical doctor who is also a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Australasian College of Health Informatics, will be in charge of Cerner's team of doctors, nurses and other clinicians across the more than 400 hospitals and community health centre clients that Cerner has in the region.

She was previously the chief medical information officer at UnitingCare Health and was regional director of medical services at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and at St Stephen's Hervey Bay, which was the first fully integrated digital hospital in Australia.

Dr Trujillo said Australia was at a turning point in healthcare. “With leading edge technology, Cerner's ability to improve the health of our community and populations at large will positively transform how we deliver healthcare service,” she said in a statement.

“It is a very exciting time to join the Cerner team to make this happen across Asia Pacific.”

Mr Draheim, a registered nurse, was the CIO for Metro South Hospital and Health Services for a number of years. The digital hospital roll-out at PAH in 2015 was a landmark in eHealth in Australia, although the hospital has used Cerner products since 1999.

It saw an uplift to the existing electronic medical record and full integration of medical devices, as well as the the bulk of Cerner's Millennium suite, including FirstNet for emergency, SurgiNet for surgery, orders and results for pathology and radiology, the patient summary module known as Mpage and Powerchart structured clinical notes in all departments.

It has also since rolled out Cerner's medications management module and anaesthesia.

In Queensland the Cerner system is known as the integrated electronic medical record (ieMR), while in NSW it is eMR2. Apart from Hunter New England LHD, all NSW local health districts use eMR2, and many are also rolling out the medications management system (eMeds).

Cerner is also active in Victoria, counting large health and hospital services such as Eastern Health, Austin Health, Alfred Health and Peninsula Health. It is being rolled out at Western Health and Monash Health this year.

In South Australia, Cerner has built the enterprise pathology laboratory information system (EPLIS) that is now live for all SA Pathology services.

Cerner's managing director for Asia Pacific, Cameron Burt, said the appointments were a commitment to the company's clients and the Asia Pacific market.

“Having the right skills and capabilities to drive excellence in service delivery will ensure our clients gain greater value from their digital health journey with a patient-centred approach, beyond the EMR to population health where we manage wellness, illness prevention and research," Mr Burt said.

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