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109. cerner, part 6


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109. cerner, part 6

  1. 1. H.I.S.- tory, by Vince Ciotti © 2013 by H.I.S. Professionals, LLC, all rights reserved. Episode #109: Cerner Part 6 Neal & Cliff - 1987 Neal & Cliff - 2007
  2. 2. ERP “Gap” Quiz • So how did you do in last week’s quiz on what other leading HIS vendors besides Cerner did not write their own ERP system, about the only gap in Cerner’s long line of HIS applications? – We mean really integrated systems (written in the same programming language, data base & OS, and running on the same hardware platform), that have been self-developed inhouse (not acquired, or a “partner” vendor’s system). • It’s a bit of a trick question as the answer varies greatly by product, with half of today’s vendors offering multiple HIS-es. • So the next time someone tells you they’re on McKesson, Siemens, Meditech, etc., be sure to ask them exactly which of their many products they’re on – it’s like owning a “GM” car – is it a Chevy, a Corvette, or a Cadillac? Quelle différence!
  3. 3. Today’s Leading Vendor ERP Status VENDOR PRODUCTS WITH ERP PRODUCTS WITHOUT ERP McKesson Star, Series, Paragon Horizon Cerner Millennium Siemens MedSeries 4 Unity, Invision, Eagle, Soarian Epic EpicCare Allscripts Sunrise GE Centricity Meditech Magic, C/S, Release 6 NextGen Sphere CPSI CPSI System HMS General Financials NTT (Keane) Optimum Harris (QM) Affinity Healthland Classic, APS Centriq (EHR only)
  4. 4. C-Suite Longevity • Getting back to Cerner, Neal Paterson has been at their helm for an amazingly long time, serving as the CEO and Chairman their entire 34 year history. Only a few other HIS vendors can claim such consistency at the top: – Neal Pappalardo has been Meditech’s Chairman for 44 years! – Judy Faulkner has led Epic for its entire 34 year history. – Jim Macaleer was SMS’ Chairman for 30 years (pre Siemens) – Rich Tarrant led IDS/IDX for 30 years (1974 to 2004, pre GE) • So who else served as Cerner’s President under Neal? Interesting question: remember the LIS search in Episode 107 (you can find them all at that documented how Cerner rose to the top of the LIS market so rapidly in the early nineties? We put vendors through a pretty rigorous selection process that really puts sales reps through their paces. Who was Cerner’s rep at the Wyoming Valley Health Care System selection in back 1993?
  5. 5. Promoting From Within • Actually, we were assigned a brand new rep right in the middle of the process, who was a recent hire to Cerner, having just joined their Washington, DC office. We were a little concerned at how well a rookie rep could coordinate all the demands we made on KC regarding client lists, user manuals, site visits, and our “strenuous” contract negotiations… • As you saw in that selection process, this new guy performed superbly, beating out Sunquest, ALS and SMS in the process. • His name? Trace Devanny – and he rose rapidly through the ranks at Cerner after 1993, being promoted to President in 1999! Trace had 17 years experience with IBM in the mid-Atlantic region, so knew the sales game well. He also served as CEO and COO at ADAC, so he knew the C-Suite game too. He led Cerner for 10 years until leaving in 2010 to head up The TriZetto Group
  6. 6. Another Inside Promotion • And recently (9/4/2013), came news about Cerner’s 3rd President:
  7. 7. Growth Charts • Zane is facing an enormous challenge to keep Cerner growing at its amazing pace, as illustrated in the following two charts: – First, Cerner’s annual revenue over the past 34 years:
  8. 8. “Associates” • Reflecting Cerner’s team-building philosophy, employees are referred to as “Associates” in KC, and their growth has been amazing, from the 3 founders in 1979, to over 12,000 today:
  9. 9. Next Episode • Many thanks again to the folks at Cerner for help with this story, including Neal, who was kind enough to introduce me to: – Vince .. I bet we can come with some old stuff .. April Martin is brilliant and will help u .. my travel is taking me afar .. connect in a couple of weeks .. good luck. • The HIS-tory of today’s vendors concludes with the #1 vendor on everyone’s annual revenue charts McKesson, who started way back in the 70s when another founding trio left McAuto to form HBO: - Walter Huff, Bruce Barrington, and Rich Owens • If anyone knows their contact info, or that of any other old HBO(C) veterans, please put them in touch with me at:, 505/466- 4958 - they’ll get due credit (or blame!)