Cerner inks partnership with Amazon Web Services

Cerner named Amazon Web Services its preferred cloud provider in a move that will increase the EHR vendor's analytics and machine learning services to help drive its clinical and business insights.

By leveraging Amazon and AWS' artificial intelligence and ML abilities, Cerner aims to enhance clinicians' use of the EHR, lower operational burdens for health systems and improve patient health outcomes.

"Our work with Amazon and AWS is a key component for the next chapter at Cerner," Cerner Chairman and CEO Brent Shafer said in a news release. "As we work to transform Cerner, we are joining forces with Amazon and AWS to help fuel our strategy of making Cerner more agile in order to deliver faster, more scalable and secure solutions to clients and patients."

Cerner's agreement with AWS highlights the EHR vendor's shift to digital platforms, which Mr. Shafer said in January is a way for Cerner to enhance opportunities for third-party developers on its EHR.

With AWS, Cerner built its HealtheDataLab, which allows researchers to use de-identified patient data to build datasets, models and algorithms that give providers more information on their patients when making health decisions.

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