The BMJ Group has signed an agreement with Cerner to integrate its medical information database, Clinical Evidence, with Cerner’s Millennium software.

The first component of the deal will be the introduction of order entry sets for the hospital sector. This is likely to be piloted outside the UK first, as the database is not in the National Programme for IT specification for the PAS in the South and London.

BMJ Clinical Evidence is a compendium of the latest research evidence, compiling research on over 200 medical conditions and more than 3000 interventions. The BMJ say it provides answers to over 540 clinical questions.

BMJ Clinical Evidence’s editorial director, David Tovey, told E-Health Insider: “This is an important step towards supporting excellent care because it integrates evidence into the clinical journey, making it easier for clinicians and patients to make informed treatment decisions together. BMJ Clinical Evidence acts as a knowledge provider, helping to underpin the knowledge and evidence clinicians already have.”

The compendium has already been a success in Europe and the US, and in 2006 a deal was made to launch the database on mobile devices and some of its content can now be seen on the BMJ’s BestTreatments website, launched in May 2006.

Integration with Cerner Millennium is currently being finalised, and Tovey said that BMJ Group was in the process of creating a series of orders, which would be customised to local requirements.

Cerner say that clinicians who connect to Millennium will be able to access vital information for effective decision-making and will be empowered to order tests and track results, make diagnoses, prescribe, dispense and document care, all using the latest BMJ guidelines.

Cerner’s UK and Ireland managing director, David Sides, told EHI: “The Cerner Millennium architecture automates and unifies patient information and clinical content, improving the quality of patient care by giving hospital staff access to the latest clinical evidence, empirical data and best practice.

“Integrating BMJ’s Clinical Evidence database will provide a new resource for the thousands of clinicians using Cerner Millennium to have immediate access to the appropriate, evidence-based information right at the point of care. It is not part of the UK LSP contracts at the moment, so it is more than likely that it will be piloted overseas first before the end of the year.”

Cerner has implemented more than 7,200 Cerner Millennium applications at more than 1,200 facilities around the world and Sides said the collaboration would provide real-time clinical assistance to users globally.

“Users will be supported by highly authoritative clinical content as they are working, providing them with updated decision support immediately available on almost all the care pathways no matter where they are in the world.”

Joe Fernandez


BMJ Clinical Evidence 

BMJ BestTreatments