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  • February 17 2012

    Walking the talk when it comes to health

    Cerner has been on a health journey with our associates for the past several years. We remain committed to bringing innovative, progressive programming to our associates. Our goal is to make activities engaging, easily accessible and fun.

    Our strategy is based on three main pillars: health plan design, wellness programming (of which the Healthe Living with Rewards program and condition management programs are two key components) and onsite services including two health clinics, two pharmacies, two fitness centers and two cafeterias that feature healthy options each day. Our wellness initiatives are powered by Cerner Health, a personal health record platform, and Cerner HealthPlan Services, our benefits portal. Cerner Health houses a set of personally-controlled health management tools and capabilities that allow people to connect with their health information and partners. It also sends personalized recommendations, alerts and educational information to help our associates to better manage their health.

    Our program is working. In 2011, Cerner associates lost more than 20,000 pounds in our Slimdown Throwdown Cabinet Challenge, they bought locally grown fruits and veggies at our Fields to Forks farmer markets this summer and fall, and ‘stepped it up' in our first Healthe Steps competition. To support this program, we're piloting walking desk stations at our Innovation Campus where associates can walk at a slow and safe pace while working on their computers. We continue to work together with our associates in our living lab to develop and test new concepts that will ultimately improve health and reduce the amount of sick care that they will need in the future.

    Last year, we were pleased to be one of four companies honored with the inaugural Healthiest Employer award in Kansas City. This year, we were again honored to receive the Healthiest Employer award in the 3,500+ employee category and were extremely pleased to learn that we earned the highest score in the country! Congratulations go out to our friends at Deffenbaugh, who were recognized with a Healthiest Employer award in the 1,000-3,499 employee category, in part for the work they've done implementing an onsite health clinic for their employees. Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Truman Medical Centers and North Kansas City Hospital were also honored for their health initiatives.

    Winning the Healthiest Employer award is a testament to us that we are effectively internalizing and realizing Cerner's corporate mission statement of contributing to the systemic improvement of health delivery and the health of communities. Remember, health care is too important to stay the same!

    Dr. Nill is responsible for innovation of clinical aspects of health and care services for Healthe at Cerner. He participates in health benefits design and integration of other Cerner benefits into the overall approach to health which includes fitness and nutrition. Dr. Nill functions as the global corporate medical director for Cerner Corporation, working closely with Cerner's benefits team regarding health and well-being for Cerner associates. He is board-certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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