Cerner CEO outlines strategy behind Amazon partnership: 3 insights

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Cerner CEO Brent Shafer discussed key areas behind the EHR vendor's strategy for its partnership with Amazon Web Services during the annual Cerner Health Conference on Oct. 8 in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Cerner partnered with AWS in July, designating the retail giant as its preferred cloud provider. However, at CHC, Mr. Shafer stressed that there is "much more" to the collaboration than just moving Cerner to the cloud.  

AWS offers clients the opportunity to access "infrastructure as if it was a utility," said Matt Wood, vice president of artificial intelligence for AWS. He described Amazon's cloud "as a socket that customers can 'just plug into' and then 'pull down all the server and data capacity to build any application on any scale,'" according to the report.

Here are three areas Cerner plans to focus on as part of its innovation strategy with Amazon, according to Mr. Shafer:

1. Increase interoperability and usability of its platforms. 

2. Transform data into insights.

3. Support rapid development and deployment of applications.

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