One challenge is that the cost of health care for that age group is three times more than the average working age. It creates a "huge economic challenge" in addressing the issue, and solutions must include more efficient and better care models, he said.
2018 Cerner Health Conferece
"We think the fuse is lit for innovation, and the time for thinking bigger really is now," he said in his keynote, the first he's given at the company's signature conference. Shafer took the helm Feb. 1, succeeding co-founder Neal Pattersonas CEO and chairman. Patterson died of cancer in July 2017.