How the Cerner, Amazon partnership is unfolding

Since partnering with Amazon in July, Cerner has made plans to increase efficiency and lowering costs.

 

During the company's third quarter earnings call on Oct. 24, Chairman and CEO Brent Shafer outlined the vision and possibilities for the future.

"Our work with [Amazon Web Services] is expected to enable delivery of scalable and secure solutions in a faster, more agile way, with the power of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning tools embedded in the workflow," he said, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha. "Our clients can expect to see advancement in the overall user experience for consumers and care teams, as well as their overall health system and financial operations."

The partners plan to modernize Cerner's platforms and software development approach to accelerate innovation and time to market. They also hope their new developments will decrease operational burden for healthcare providers.

"This also represents an opportunity to reduce Cerner's costs over time and is part of our focus on long-term profitability improvements," said Mr. Shafer. Cerner can now leverage Amazon's consumer knowledge for future generations of technology.

Mr. Shafer also said the company plans to move its HealtheIntent platform, which Cerner currently hosts, to Amazon Web Services through the first half of next year to lower costs of operation for the platform. "At a tactical level, it will drive efficiencies and drive up cost optimization as we move forward," said Mr. Shafer. "We'll continue to move the platforms. CareAware will be the next platform we move over to AWS."

As a result of the transition, Cerner will be able to rededicate data center components and space to its projects with the Department of Defense and Veteran's Administration.

Note: This article was updated on Nov. 7 to reflect the accurate wording in Mr. Shafer's final quotation.

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