CHC by the numbers

  • Over 6,000 attendees
  • 20 countries over 6 continents represented
  • 700+ organizations
  • 262 sessions
  • 19 content tracks
  • 14 power sessions
  • 311 continuing education hours offered (63% of sessions qualified for CE)
  • More than 359 articles written, posted or broadcast
  • More than 7 million media impressions
  • Seven smart rooms
  • 4 keynote addresses
  • 21 consecutive top 40 hits by the featured band at The Bash
  • 12,000 lunches
  • 3,400 totebags
  • 950,000 sq. ft. of carpet
  • Over 1,100 clinicians
  • almost 300 volunteers
  • 1,000 EPS devices
  • 2582 hotel rooms (for 8860 room nights)
  • 6,090 attendee badges
  • 70+ networking opportunities
  • 4 CHC Dailies
  • Over 110 partners and sponsors
  • Nearly 400 client and industry presenters
  • 10 truckloads of equipment for the solutions gallery
  • Over 400 laptops for session scanning and registration

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s Cerner Health Conference — October 10-13, 2010! We look forward to seeing you there! Also, be sure to stay tuned to this blog (or subscribe to our RSS feed) and the CHC site for more information and educational opportunities and please follow CHC on Twitter.

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Voices from Registration

We took some quick interviews of attendees at the registration desk yesterday. We wanted to know what people are excited about and what they were looking forward to. Here are some of their reactions:

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Stuffing Registration Bags

Organizing CHC Registration Bags

Cerner Associate Jennifer Kraxner really went beyond the call of duty to organize the registration bags that all CHC attendees receive when they check in. Inside each bag is a hand-washed aluminum water bottle for all attendees to use as part of Cerner’s Go Green initiative.

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There will be water bottles throughout the convention center so be sure to bring your bottle with you to all your sessions.

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See you here!

Reg Desk

Pre-conference workshops are already well under way. The Solutions Gallery is prepped. We’re expecting a great show!

We’ll be updating the blog all week, so stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

We can’t wait to see you here in Kansas City!

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HHS Secretary Sebelius to Speak at CHC

Official Photo of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

We are very excited to announce that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Cerner Health Conference.

Secretary Sebelius will be delivering her keynote address on Tuesday, October 6 at 8 a.m. CT on the topic of healthcare reform. She joins Twist Image’s Mitch Joel and Cerner CEO Neal Patterson in a lineup of excellent keynote speakers for the conference.

We’re thrilled to welcome Secretary Sebelius to CHC.

[Official Cerner Press Release]

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Update from Cathy Mueller, VP of Client Experience

CHC week is a very busy time for Client Experience team.  We maximize the time clients are in Kansas City to host several groups.  Tuesday, October 6, we will meet with our Strategic CIO group, Tuesday afternoon is a CIO update, and Wednesday is our Client Care Council session.

Each time we meet with these client executives we provide them with a status of several documents that demonstrate value and partnership with Cerner:  their SET/METs, Service Profile, Benefits, Roadmap, Client Nerve Center Scorecard, if they have participated in a session in the past 12 months.  We also have 14 Client Nerve Center sessions scheduled with various clients, and several Service Reviews will be held, particularly for our clients from non-US geographies.  We like to take advantage of face-to-face meetings whenever we can.

All in all, a very busy and exciting time!

Cathy Mueller
Vice President
Cerner Client Experience

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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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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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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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