Cerner, a major electronic health record (EHR) vendor, has developed a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest cloud computing provider.
Source: Cerner at SoftwareReviews, August 15, 2019
An expanded partnership between Cerner and AWS has been expected in recent years. Cerner has been looking to improve its information interoperability capabilities, while AWS has been investing in health IT tools and also achieving HIPAA compliance for several of its offerings. Amazon expressly stated that they have positioned AWS “to speed the development of new therapies, personalize the patient experience, and improve health outcomes”.
Despite these developments, AWS’ efforts have for the most part flown under the radar of decision makers in healthcare institutions. Those who are not in developer positions infrequently pay attention to the networking and cloud computing space. Therefore, when AWS collaborates with Cerner, one of the largest EHR vendors, AWS gets exposure to thousands of healthcare institutions. It would not be surprising if Amazon’s cloud computing competitors like Microsoft Azure are expected to establish partnerships with other EHR vendors in the coming quarters.
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