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by Claire Delplancq
Published on 23 October 2015

Cerner Health Conference (CHC) is Cerner’s annual industry-leading health care event taking place in Kansas City, USA. Each year, health care professionals attend to experience targeted and relevant education, a vast array of networking opportunities and learn more about Cerner in our Solutions Gallery. This year CHC welcomed more than 14,000 people, 400 of them coming from all around the world and we had a total of 26 sessions led by global clients and partners.

Day 1

The day started with the Cerner Physician Community (CPC) event. The overarching themes throughout CPC were innovation, leadership and interoperability as speakers focused on how we can accelerate health care innovation around usability and interoperability. The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes shared how it has engaged physicians in the leadership of their health IT project. And, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust talked about proactive clinical risk management in order to avoid any risk for the staff and patients.

The conference also has a series of General Sessions, with an industry leading speaker each day of the event. The first General Session speaker was Jamie Heywood on how to create ways to exchange meaningful data and display it in a way that empowers individuals to be proactive about their health needs. Jamie introduced the concept of healthspan to attendees – it's not just about being healthy, it's about living well and healthy. He stressed the importance that individual data needs to be combined to create better meaning in health care.

Attendees then led a march from the Sprint Centre to the Kansas City Convention City for a networking event in the Solutions Gallery.

Day 2

We started Day 2 of CHC15 with a very entertaining and enlightening General Session from Dr. Ben Goldacre, co-founder of He discussed the value of transparency in clinical trials and how it leads to the improved health of consumers. By creating a wide range of data, we can stop the misuse of evidence that convinces people to buy goods, services or ideas that aren’t helpful. He believes evidence-based medicine is the future of health care.

We held four power sessions throughout the day covering a range of ‘hot-topics’ and where industry experts spoke on how to overcome legal and compliance concerns around interoperability.

  • Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England, presented on global achievements in public access to quality health information and comparative data. Kelsey discussed how data and its beneficial use can extend healthiness of long life, but transparency and participation are key. He also echoed the urges for people to have access to their own data and empower them to have a voice.
  • Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy in the Office for Civil Rights, shared that HIPAA requires providers to share data with the patient when asked and stressed that we must create a community of trust. Paul Uhrig, EVP, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer at Surescripts, urged the standardisation of attributes that will more successfully identify the patient.
  • Jeff Townsend, EVP and Chief of Staff, and Marc Probst, CIO at Intermountain Healthcare, discussed the shift in mindset for “improvement technology” and continuous change. With their iCentra EHR implementation, Intermountain practiced six-week releases, which enable teams to move quickly and create an environment of continuous improvement.
  • John Glaser, SVP, led a discussion with telehealth leaders at Intermountain Healthcare and Northern Arizona Healthcare around their organisations' telehealth population health management strategies. Remote patient monitoring, telestroke and home video visits are a selection of the tools these organisations are using to support their telehealth programs.

Throughout the day, we hosted over 140 education sessions on a variety of industry topics. Attendees walked through the Solutions Gallery to better understand our solutions, learn best practices and talked with Cerner specialists.

Day 3

On Tuesday morning, Cerner co-founder, chairman and CEO, Neal Patterson addressed more than 14,000 health care professionals, clients and associates at the Sprint Center.

Here are the topics that were addressed during Patterson’s keynote which are very relevant to the entire global healthcare industry.

  • Population Health - Perhaps the biggest news from this year’s keynote was Geisinger Health System’s decision to collaborate with Cerner and implement Cerner’s HealtheIntent population health management platform. Our population health platform will aggregate clinical and financial data from Geisinger’s core electronic health record (EHR) and other sources. See the official release here.
  • Partnership - The U.S. Department of Defense discussed the rigorous process of selecting a supplier to digitalise the health records of 9.7 million military beneficiaries and the scope of a project this size, including 55 military medical centres and inpatient hospitals, 352 health clinics, 282 dental clinics, more than 300 U.S Navy ships and 2 hospital ships. Christopher Miller the program executive officer for Defense Healthcare Management Systems explained that this will be a partnership and not a unique Cerner-build for the project. Captain John Windom from the U.S. Department of Defense said the procurement was equitable, fair and transparent and any challenge to the selection could be defended.
  • Transparency - During a client update, Ralph Lawson from Baptist Health South Florida quoted ‘Cerner’s strengths as a public company and transparency’ as key characteristics that influenced the selection of Cerner's EHR and population health management platforms throughout its entire system.
  • Interoperability - Patterson reinforced Cerner’s mission for patient-centric interoperability and the personal story of his wife, Jeanne, who has carried bags of health care documents from one location to another around the US during her battles with cancer.

Attendees then had opportunities to join education sessions on a variety of industry topics and the “Global Pursuit of New Models of Care” Power Session led by Dr Justin Whatling, Mark Blakeman (CIO, Wirral University Teatching Hospital NHS Trust), Dr Michael Smith (CEO and Medical director, Haverstock Healthcare) and Dr Mary-Lyn Fyfe (CMIO, Island Health).