Christiana Care, Cerner Health partner on weight loss surgery


Cerner announced a collaboration with Christiana Care Health Systemin Delaware to provide a weight loss surgery program designed to help members of Cerner’s health plan achieve their health goals.

“Cerner aims to provide benefits and resources that will guide our associates and their families on a lifelong journey of health and well-being,” said Julie Wilson, chief people officer, Cerner. “We are thrilled to work alongside Christiana Care to deliver a holistic weight loss surgery program that supports successful outcomes for our health plan members.”

Following a yearlong, nationwide selection process, Christiana Care was chosen as Cerner’s Certified Bariatric Partner. The health system was selected as the strategic collaborator to improve the long-term health and well-being of members by providing the right experience for those who might benefit from a surgical weight loss procedure.

“We share Cerner’s vision for innovation and positive disruption in the health care system, and we embrace the opportunity to work with them to create the right experience for their members,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, chief operating officer, Christiana Care. “Our weight loss surgery program has been a leader in the health care landscape for many years. This collaboration will create a supportive and effective program for Cerner health plan members.”

Christiana Care will work with Cerner to aid health plan members’ journeys before, during and after weight loss surgery, a release stated. Additionally, Christiana Care and Cerner will create a more seamless member experience through innovative pricing structures.

This collaboration will focus on:

  • Improving health outcomes of candidates for bariatric surgery
  • Delivering a navigation program that supports members through the entire experience of care throughout their surgical journey
  • Curating comprehensive and personalized education for the member to promote long-term engagement
  • Fostering a trusted relationship between the member and their care team to create lasting success and maintenance of weight reduction

The program was made available to Cerner health plan members on Jan. 1.

The number of Cerner members in Delaware was not announced.

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