Archives for September, 2009

Get Connected with HIE

CHC is the best place for healthcare organizations to explore how Cerner continues to connect outside the four walls. This year’s theme — Get Connected — is especially fitting with growing attention to a nationwide healthcare information system that spans across IT platforms.

Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a core component of the development of this system that promotes connectivity among users of healthcare IT. A successful HIE strategy makes all relevant patient information available where it’s needed, when it’s needed, and by whom it’s needed. Simple, right?

One session in this year’s Power Session lineup is dedicated to HIE best practices. During this session, you have the opportunity to hear from thought leaders of HIE strategy and how they’ve rallied multiple organizations, both private and public, to participate in successful, sustainable HIEs. One health information organization (HIO) will divulge the value of ROI data to financial viability, while another HIO will describe its impact to ambulatory EMR adoption.

You can also learn more about Cerner’s facilitation of HIE in the Interoperability Pavilion in the 2009 Solutions Gallery.  While you’re there, you might just overhear a conversation about the latest health reform and how your organization may qualify for meaningful use requirements.

Bob Robke
Vice President, Cerner Corporation

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6 Things to Know About CHC Keynote Mitch Joel

The following is a guest post from Chris Brogan.

I met Mitch Joel at the first ever PodCamp, and was instantly a fan. Mitch radiates a mix of cool and compassion, and he finds the time to talk with anyone serious about the future of marketing and online business relationships. Recently, his book, Six Pixels of Separation, came out and is already rushing up the charts. It should. It’s full of great stuff. I thought I’d share with you six things to know about Mitch Joel, as a way to introduce you to the man behind the book.

  1. Mitch brings passion and solid case studies to his presentations. We usually get one or the other. Mitch does an amazing job of telling people the facts while telling passionate stories in between. He is a master at blending details with memorable stories.
  2. Mitch turns slides into an art form. Watching Mitch present is like watching a well-produced TV special. His use of interesting imagery and interaction with the audience is a talent to be appreciated (and then studied). Watching him perform is a lesson in how the best do what they do.
  3. Mitch gets around. Did you know that Mitch has shared the stage with Bill Clinton, Anthony Robbins and Dr. Phil? We have that last guy in common, as I was on the Dr. Phil show, but I’ve yet to meet a former US President and “Mr. Teeth” himself, Anthony Robbins.
  4. Mitch is passionate about music. He co-launched Distort Entertainment, the only hard music label in Canada to have major label distribution (Universal Music) and whose roster features the platinum-plus, Juno Award and MuchMusic Video Award-winning acts, Alexisonfire and City And Colour.
  5. Mitch keeps a foot in both worlds. His efforts as a professional journalist and digital marketer aren’t the same as his work with podcasting and blogging and connecting at geek dinners. Mitch does both the professional/traditional world, as well as the new media realm. It’s not common yet. As Mitch can speak in both languages, it makes him even more valuable.
  6. Mitch gives you actions to take. I’ve read Six Pixels of Separation twice so far. The book is jammed full of actionable steps you might consider taking. Every few sections, there’s a new list of considerations, or some checklists of value. The book is a blueprint for what you need to know about the next few years.

If you’re not yet thrilled and excited about your chance to see Mitch speak at CHC in October, I’m not sure what else I can say. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, so get ready. Check out Mitch’s Blog, and read a few online reviews of his book. You’ll love it.

Chris Brogan is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling co-author of Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust. He writes about social media and how human business works at []

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Women’s Health at CHC

It is an interesting time in Women’s Health, indeed, and Cerner’s Women’s Health business unit is anxiously awaiting this year’s Cerner Health Conference to highlight what we and our clients have been up to in the past year. After last year’s introduction of things to come within this area in Neal’s keynote address, there will be big buzz around seeing how those futures have come to fruition.

Women’s Health events will kickoff prior to the CHC launch, with a pre-conference workshop Friday, October 2, for clients interested in learning more about preparing for PowerChart Maternity build.  This half-day session is a must for any clients considering this implementation in the short-term. Prior to the Solution Gallery reception, the annual Women’s Health SIG group will be meeting to get a preview of the educational track, as well as talk about some exciting new areas of development.

The education track this year is chock full of great content, with several sessions receiving CNE credits for participants.  Six different clients will be telling their stories, including UAB Medicine, who will be talking about their implementation of the new PowerChart Maternity and FetaLink solutions. Along with our clients, we also are excited to have a state of the industry session by the chairperson of the 2010 National AWHONN conference, Catherine Ivory, who will review meaningful use criteria and the relevance to Women’s Health.

Add to this our Women’s Health Smart Room on the gallery floor, and the excitement is almost too much to contain…hope to see you there.

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Keynote Speaker – Mitch Joel

Mitch Joel

When we sought out a speaker for CHC this year, we wanted someone who has the ability to tell an engaging story of how Cerner partners, clients and associates can get connected. We immediately turned to Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image.

From his blog, Six Pixels of Separation:

When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the top brands in the world, they brought Mitch Joel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” and called him, “one of North America’s leading digital visionaries.” In 2006 he was named one of the most influential authorities on Blog Marketing in the world. Mitch Joel is President of Twist Image – an award-winning Digital Marketing and Communications agency. He has been called a marketing and communications visionary, interactive expert and community leader. He is also a Blogger, Podcaster, passionate entrepreneur and speaker who connects with people worldwide by sharing his marketing insights on digital marketing and personal branding. In 2008, Mitch was named Canada’s Most Influential Male in Social Media, one of the top 100 online marketers in the world, and was awarded the highly-prestigious Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (recognizing individuals who have achieved a significant amount of success but have not yet reached the age of 40).

We at Cerner are extremely excited to have Mitch share the message of his recently released book, Six Pixels of SeparationEveryone is connected. Connect your business to everyone. We are looking forward to hearing his ideas during his opening keynote message Sunday, October 4. CHC Attendees will hear first-hand how to easily apply his methods in their own organizations.

Collaboration between Cerner users is already occurring in uCern. Be sure to sign up and be a part of the conversation!

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Do uCern?

Social media is changing the way the world does business. A hundred years ago, getting the word out across the country (nevermind the world) about a new invention or idea took decades. With wide-scale adoption of television and telephones, the timescale compressed to years, a marked improvement. When the Internet reached near ubiquity at the beginning of the 21st century, the timescale shrunk to  months. Now, social media allows new ideas and improvements on them fly around in hours and days. The rise and fall of a new innovation can be tracked in a matter of months. Discovering what other people know, and sharing what you know, is simpler than ever.


I am working on what, for me, is the most exciting thing I’ve done in my almost ten years at Cerner. uCern is Cerner’s collaborative network, connecting Cerner associates, Cerner clients, and industry partners to solve the difficult challenges facing healthcare. It was launched to several partner clients in July of this year, and made broadly available just two short weeks ago. As of this writing, uCern has 22,200 members ranging in roles from physicians and nurses to Cerner software architects and healthcare executives. These members are engaging with each other every day and finding better, faster, and more effective ways to do their jobs. If you haven’t joined uCern, visit the site today and sign up for an account!

uCern is going to be a HOT topic this year at the Cerner Health Conference. You’ll see uCern highlighted in several sessions, and will have the opportunity to meet the developers and strategists that made uCern a reality. Come find the uCern team in the solutions gallery throughout the conference to get help registering for uCern, signing up for the best communities on uCern, making connections with other people like you on uCern, or even just to get help designing your own personalized homepage.  If you’re already on uCern, CHC is a great opportunity to meet the people behind the avatars and catch up real-time.  I’m the grey cat…

See you at CHC ’09!

Brian Carter
Director of uCern

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Hotel Reservations

Today, September 16, is the last day for online hotel reservations.You can access the online system by logging into the registration site at the bottom of the page. You can still reserve a hotel room at the CHC rate after today, just not online.

After today, reservations can still be made by calling our help line at 1.800.645.7110. The help line is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. We apologize ahead of time for all inconveniences this may cause.

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About the Government and Policy Track

The Government and Policy track at the 2009 Cerner Health Conference is designed to help attendees make sense of the many different changes occurring in healthcare through the federal and state governments.  Participants of this track will hear about topics related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as the current federal health care reform being debated in the House and Senate right now.  We will have speakers available to talk through the complicated issues of Meaningful Use, health information exchanges, global perspectives of health reform and many more.

If you are interested in learning more about reform, please consider attending one of the sessions in this track.  Of particular note is the power session, “The State of American Healthcare,” featuring speaker Len Nichols, Director of Health Policy at the New America Foundation.  Nichols will offer a full overview of all the reform initiatives taking place in 2009 and how hospitals, health systems and industry partners can make sense of all the changes coming their way.

For a more global perspective, please join members of the National Health Services’ Connecting for Heath program as they discuss how their country has navigated major reform.

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About the Pediatric Care Track

Every fall, I look forward to seeing all of Cerner’s partners in pediatric care, both old and new, at CHC.  This year is no exception… as the “build your agenda” process is well underway, I see many familiar, and a few unfamiliar, names populating the list of attendees for each session within the Pediatric Care track.

Participants in this year’s pediatric care track will enjoy a variety of professional and social activities.  The conference begins with the Pediatric SIG meeting at 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, when attendees will hear about the latest developments in pediatric care.  Participants then have the opportunity to attend the general session and tour the Solutions Gallery Sunday night.

Monday morning will continue the excitement, with more general sessions and a Power Session, building to the Pediatric Care keynote address at 10:30 am.  Dr. Sajjad Yacoob, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles chief medical information officer, will share CHLA successes with automation.  Since implementing the Cerner Millennium system in 2004, CHLA has saved $22 million in efficiencies. More importantly, the EMR system, known as Knowledge Information and Decision Support, or KIDS, has led to greater patient safety and quality care.

Monday evening, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with other pediatric clients while enjoying appetizers at our pediatric reception.

The conference culminates Tuesday night with The Bash.   Some of you may be too young to remember Three Dog Night, but many of us recall their music as the finale to the decade of Peace and Love.  The sentiment “joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea” inspires children and adults alike to celebrate the moment.  I hope you can join us in that moment.

Update by Lisa Franz, Segment Specialist

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There’s still time to save!

Connect with peers, healthcare industry experts and Cerner associates at the 2009 Cerner Health Conference (CHC). Whether you’re interested in learning how to maximize your current solutions, capitalize on the changing healthcare policy or increase your peer network, CHC’s got it.

Don’t miss your chance to save $180 on CHC registration. Register now to receive the discounted rate of $650 or to take advantage of the all-inclusive package. Hurry, this offer ends Sept. 18.

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Jeremiah was a Bullfrog!

The Bash at CHC is something that every attendee looks forward to and this year should be no exception as we are really excited to announce that the band this year is:

That’s right! Three Dog Night is playing The Bash in the Kansas City Power & Light District this year.

From their official site:

From 1969-1974, nobody had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets. In 2008 THREE DOG NIGHT continues to top the list of artists with the best Billboard Top 100 Chart average!

During this period Three Dog Night was undoubtedly the most popular band in America with twenty-one consecutive Top 40 hits and twelve straight gold LPs. By late ‘75, they had sold nearly 50 million records.

The show goes on… Since 1986, Three Dog Night has toured extensively. Their records continue to sell in great numbers and they receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world.

Three Dog Night

What’s your favorite Three Dog Night song?

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