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Open Platforms

Accelerating health care innovation by enabling a broad community to amplify the power of our open platforms.

Cerner’s open platforms and open technology provide your organization with new options to help adjust to the rapidly evolving demands of health care. The move toward a value-based system has organizations seeking innovative technology to support changing care models. Cerner’s open platforms enable organizations to share information and allows simple integration of apps that enhance workflows and fill niche business needs. Cerner’s open platforms, open technology and culture of openness is driving collaborative efforts focused on advancing health care. 

Cerner's Open Platforms

Cerner’s unified Health Network Architecture is designed with open and interoperable platforms that can integrate together or with other systems to connect clinical, operational and financial data across the health care IT ecosystem. Each platform was designed with a specific purpose, embedded with intelligence and extensible:

  • Cerner Millennium® is our comprehensive electronic health record that seamlessly and securely connects every aspect of care to the patient.
  • HealtheIntentSM is our population health platform that has the unique capability to aggregate and normalize massive amounts of data across vendors and platforms.
  • CareAware® is our device connectivity platform that enables seamless interoperability between medical devices, healthcare applications and EHR systems.

All of our platforms are designed to expose standard APIs that allow platform connectivity to enable app integration or access to population health data.

Open APIs help ignite innovation and collaboration among a broader community of developers, enabling the creation of new technology that unlocks opportunities to advance health care.

Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium creates the ability for your organization to purchase Provider apps that are available in our app gallery. Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium also enables innovative organizations to build custom apps that fulfill edge needs. Apps can be built internally by your organization, or by any app company that is part of the Cerner Open Developer Experience (code) Developer Program.

Whether you’re preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) or you have an app in mind that you want to integrate, implementing Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium is a simple process.

These APIs are cloud-based to allow rapid, agile deployment of future updates or enhancements. It also simplifies implementation because the ontology mapping process is centralized, which can reduce additional resourcing pressure.

Implementation requires a low-impact project to connect your Cerner Millennium environment with the Cerner Cloud. To get started, contact your Client Results Executive (CRE) and make him or her aware if you have a specific app you want to integrate into your EHR, or if you just want to set up the API to initially fulfill MU3 requirements. 

Currently many of the apps available are provider-facing apps that provide embedded clinical decision support or fill niche workflow needs. Soon, new government regulation will require more choices for consumer-facing apps via APIs.

Recent policy and legislation demonstrate that health care industry leaders and influencers believe that APIs can accelerate change in health care by providing consumers with the ability to use apps that plug directly into their clinical records stored with their provider.

Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) includes objectives that address requirements for consumer APIs. One objective requires providers to ensure that patients’ health information is available for patient access using apps. Another objective provides the opportunity for patients to actively engage with the EHR made accessible by the provider and access their health information through the use of an API.

Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium and Cerner Ignite APIs for Soarian can both be used to help fulfill the consumer access API requirements.

From the kickoff event to rollout, the implementation of Ignite APIs for Millennium can take as long as two months depending on technology prerequisites. We are suggesting that clients target having a contract in place for the API, setup, and app installation (if applicable) by the end of Q2, 2017 in order for there to be sufficient time to implement, adopt, and monitor the API before the reporting period begins on Jan. 1, 2018.

If your organization is interested in building apps to meet niche workflow needs, we can help get your developers and IT team up to speed on building with Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium. Cerner offers a three-day introductory training program that will help your team learn skills to build on the Millennium platform.

Training offers education and hands-on exercises to help your team learn how to retrieve data with FHIR APIs, build a SMART app and secure the app. By the time they have completed training, your developers will be able to build a simple app in the Millennium sandbox.

We can bring the training to your facility. Ideal class sizes will be five people or less. To learn more about Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium Training, please contact us at

Open APIs also help ignite innovation and collaboration among a broader community of developers, enabling the creation of new technology that unlocks opportunities to advance health care. Check out the apps that are currently available to integrate with Millennium.

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Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium

Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium is the name for Cerner’s open APIs that allow outside apps to be integrated with the Cerner Millennium platform to fulfill niche workflows, optimize functionality and enable more informed decisions at the point of care. Cerner Ignite APIs for Millennium includes Cerner’s implementation of SMART Health IT and the HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard. Simply put, FHIR provides access to data within the EHR. SMART handles negation between an EHR and an app to allow a user experience on top of a secure connection to the FHIR resources for data access.

*FHIR is the registered trademark of HL7 and is used with the permission of HL7.

Cerner Ignite APIs for HealtheIntent

Cerner Ignite APIs for HealtheIntent enable API access to the various features of Cerner's population health platform, including aggregated longitudinal person records, registries and measures, risk scores, and other population-health-related information. Additionally, the HealtheIntent Data Syndication API allows bulk transport of large sets of longitudinal record information, which you can import and investigate in third-party data warehouses or research systems.

Cerner Open Developer Experience

Cerner has opened our technology platforms to a broad group of third-party and client innovators who are advancing digital health care. Innovators can take advantage of Cerner Open Developer Experience (code) to access Cerner’s sandbox, developer tools and resources to start building apps on top of our open platforms. If you are a client innovator, we invite you to collaborate with us at

code Developer Program

Once an innovator meets the prerequisites for app development, they may apply to become a member of the code Developer Program. The program creates opportunities for innovators to expand into new markets and strives to lower many of the traditional barriers to achieving smooth onboarding experiences with clients. The program is designed to provide transparent, predictable policies and processes to identify a path to commercialization. Learn more about next steps at