Reactions to Neal Patterson’s Keynote

Cerner CEO and Co-Founder Neal Patterson addressed the General Session of CHC this morning. For those in attendance, it was a powerful and emotional presentation as Neal gave insights into his own personal experience with the healthcare system and laid out Cerner’s “next 30 years”.

Here are some of the reactions after the session:

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Luke Schnoebelen on uCern

uCern is the future of the collaborative healthcare network — connecting entire healthcare organizations to Cerner, connecting Physicians to Patients, connecting teachers to students. uCern is the place where all this can happen. We have a great group of clients currently using uCern and I’m sure at and after the Health Conference we will see many more using uCern in the office and at home.

Since I’ve been a member of the uCern team I have been able to see uCern grow from the ground up. I have been lucky to have been involved with the client uCern implementations from the beginning. We started at Eastern Maine and since then I’ve been to DMC, BayCare, Clarian, North Kansas City, Tri-City and UAB. At every implementation we have had a fabulous response from our clients. From having a client find something easier using the Search tool within uCern to having multiple clients create groups that grow rapidly and help their current and future projects.

I believe that uCern will become a vital link at hospitals and clinics around the globe. It will knock down the waiting room walls and voices will be heard. Some will use uCern to get a message out, some will use uCern to get their questions answered. I think the future of uCern is very bright and am really excited to showcase it at CHC. Be sure and stop by the uCern booth at the Solutions Gallery and say Hello!

Luke Schnoebelen
uCern Experience

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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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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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