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Cerner Corp.

Contributor(s): Kristen Lee

Cerner Corp. is a company that provides various health information technologies ranging from medical devices to electronic health records (EHR) to hardware.

Cerner is most well-known for its EHR offerings which range from ambulatory to acute care settings. Cerner's EHR is in close competition with Epic Systems Corp.'s EHR system -- which is the current leader in the EHR market.

Cerner has set itself apart from other vendors in several ways. In 2013 Cerner joined CommonWell Health Alliance, a nonprofit entity with the goal of creating standards to promote data interoperability between competing EHRs. In addition to Cerner, the alliance also includes vendors such as Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., athenahealth, Inc., McKesson Corp. and more. In 2014 Cerner bought Siemens' healthcare IT unit, Siemens Health Services for $1.3 billion, helping it remain a frontrunner in the EHR market.

In 2015, Cerner won the $4.3 billion United States Department of Defense (DoD) contract for the federal agency's Healthcare Management System Modernization project. This means Cerner's EHR will replace the DoD's legacy health IT system in its 55 hospitals and more than 350 clinics worldwide. This includes on ships, submarines and other locations where the military is operating. Cerner's EHR will also serve the DoD's 9.6 million beneficiaries.

Cerner was founded in 1979 by Neal Patterson, the CEO and chairman of the board, Paul Gorup, and Cliff Illig, vice chairman of the board. As of April 2015 18,000 facilities around the world were using Cerner's products and the company had about 22,000 employees globally. The company is based in Kansas City, Missouri.

This was last updated in May 2016

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