As 2016 comes to a close, we've rounded up the 10 can't miss Cerner blog posts of the year. From timely takes on the implications of the presidential election to tips for building a championship culture and perspectives on the state of population health and interoperability, the Cerner blog has been an outlet for a wide range of topics, including client success stories, Cerner executive insights and thought leadership from across the industry. Enjoy this look back at the year that was as we prepare to greet 2017.
Cerner Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder Neal Patterson made a surprise appearance at the 2016 Cerner Health Conference and addressed an estimated 15,000 attendees following the keynote presentation of Dr. David Feinberg, the president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, whom Patterson invited to address attendees in his place while he recovered from treatment for a soft tissue cancer diagnosis first announced in January.
Neal shared that he had recently received good news about his diagnosis and plans to return to his full role in January, but with less travel.
"What I've done the last 35 to 40 years has been a privilege, but there's a lot left to be done. We're going to do it."
Angie Stanland, Cerner's vice president of associate services and recruiting, celebrated Cerner being ranked 12th of 50 companies recognized by Glassdoor as the Best Places to Interview in 2016 by sharing our approach to recruiting and how it aligns with our broader culture.
"We want to innovate with impact. Our culture is a little different than most companies in the fact that Cerner is working to improve health care. This culture and feeling of purpose is something that can give us an edge when competing for talent because everyone is affected at some point in their life by health care. We want associates who are passionate about our mission, the ideal outcome that's mutually beneficial to Cerner and our clients."
Kansas City Royals General Manager and Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore accomplished his goal of bringing a World Series championship back to Kansas City in 2015. Cerner Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board Cliff Illig sat down with Dayton to find out how culture, a focus on vision and a plan led to the Royals' dramatic turnaround.
"It's easy to show up every single day and have passion for the sport you love. But to me, it goes back to the simple word of 'care.'' You have to care deeply about your organization, your company. And you have to come to work every day and want to work harder for something that's much bigger than yourself."
"Who would have ever thought Pokémon could be promoting health?" Dr. David Nill, Chief Medical Officer of Cerner Healthe, shared how the viral adoption of the new app was a prime example of technology innovation by the private sector influencing the health of populations.
Michael Ugwueke, DHA, Chief Operating Officer and future Chief Executive Officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, believes that great culture and empowering physicians to play a bigger role in making decisions is crucial for a successful health care system. In this blog, he outlined how he is leading efforts to strengthen physician and patient satisfaction.
"We are going to see an extraordinary change in the next decade." Chief Strategy Officer and CIO of Memorial Hermann Health System, David Bradshaw, teamed up with Cerner's senior vice president of population health, John Glaser, to share thoughts on the state of population health.�
"Health care facilities are going to now be responsible for managing patients and populations away from the hospital. Health care facilities will be rewarded for their quality, safety and efficiency instead of their volume."
Julie Wilson, Chief People Officer at Cerner, discussed innovative ways to address the skills gap during the annual Missouri Department of Economic Development conference this year. Julie shared that the pace of change is accelerating and the complexity is magnified, which means there are new skills and capabilities required at a faster pace than ever before and at our size, in much higher numbers.
"We're a company of 24,000 associates in 27 countries, and each associate plays a central role in digitizing and helping improve the health care delivery system and the health of communities around the world. The quality of our software and services is a direct reflection of the capabilities of our team. We need great people with the talent and passion to make health care better."
Cerner's senior director of public policy, Meg Marshall, penned two of our top blogs in 2016. Pre-election night, Meg shared why health IT should have been a presidential election issue and how each candidate had addressed the issue on the stump.
"Health IT not only directly helps caregivers interact with patients, but the data collected from our systems can reveal actionable insights that could identify new strategies and interventions. As such, it is surprising that health IT has not received coverage in the debates or on the campaign trail."
The day after the election, Meg 'read the tea leaves' on how the 2016 election will establish the direction of health care in America for the next several years and beyond.
"Although health care may feel like it faded into the background during this tumultuous campaign season, now that the results are in, a lot is at stake as we move forward with the new normal."
Cerner President Zane Burke congratulated the CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality after the organizations jointly announced a major step forward in health care interoperability. The groups agreed to work together by leveraging their respective strengths to create a level interoperability playing field for all provider organizations that wish to share clinical information using standards-based queries.
Read Zane's thoughts on why this is such good news for interoperability here.