Cliff W. Illig served as the initial force behind Cerner’s internal operations, including its leading-edge communication and information systems technology, client service methodologies, and sales and marketing strategies. Illig’s keen business sense was instrumental in the company’s initial public stock offering in 1986, secondary public offering in 1995 and three two-for-one stock splits in the 1990s.
Illig served in a variety of roles and focused on growing and expanding Cerner’s market-oriented business units, establishing and maintaining key strategic relationships and leading corporate initiatives. Illig previously served as chief operating officer until October 1998 and as president until March 1999.
He also played a key role in the design of the Cerner Millennium® architecture, which uses advanced technologies to automate the process of managing health along the full continuum of care. Cerner Millennium collects clinical data as a by-product of the care process for use in electronic medical records and for benchmarking outcomes. The Cerner Millennium architecture also enables Cerner clients to benefit from a seamless flow of clinical information across multiple clinical disciplines and among geographically diverse locations.
Along with his co-founders, Illig was named to the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and awarded the Henry W. Bloch International Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Ernst & Young accounting firm also honored Illig and Patterson as Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Illig is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in accounting and business administration.
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