4 ways Cerner is growing its innovation efforts

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Cerner has forged new partnerships and launched various initiatives in support of technological innovation and streamlining patient access to health data this summer.

Here are four moves the EHR vendor has made since May:

Cerner teamed up with LifeCenters, a hospitality and senior living real estate development company, to develop centers for primary care, pharmacy and fitness programs for senior-living communities across the U.S. Each center will be equipped with a Cerner Motion Health System, which uses 3D motion capture technology to help detect sources of musculoskeletal issues and create personalized rehabilitation plans for patients.

In August, Cerner also partnered with the Duke Clinical Research Institute on a pilot study of the Cerner Learning Health Network, which aims to automate data collection and expand medical researchers' access to patient health information. The network applies predictive modeling and artificial intelligence to identify the most effective and cost-effective treatments for patients.

Cerner announced in July that Amazon Web Services will serve as its preferred cloud provider. The decision will boost the EHR vendor's analytics and machine learning services to help lead its clinical and business insights.

Cerner kicked off its annual Code App Challenge June 4. The event encourages third-party developers to design applications that can integrate with EHR systems and improve consumers' access and understanding of health information. Submissions for the challenge close at the end of this week.

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