Cerner CEO: 'The fuse is lit for innovation'

Posted on: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 By: KorchekStaff

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

The 2018 Cerner Health Conference returns to the Kansas City Convention Center. The conference brings more than 12,000 attendees from 11 countries to Downtown.

"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.

Cerner already has built tech solutions to improve health outcomes and help hospital systems realize savings, and it won't shy away from partnering with others with the right solutions to move forward faster, he said.

One of Cerner's newest offerings is a toolkit to address the opioid addiction crisis. It features clinical decision support for opioid prescribing, advanced analytics to identify high-risk patients and improved access to state narcotic databases. 

Brent Shafer addresses the crowd at the Cerner Health Conference.

"Together, we have an incredible opportunity to look forward and shape the future," Shafer said. "Ultimately, health care is too important to stay the same."