Cerner Collaborates with Amazon Halo to Add Cloud-based Services and Realtime Health Tracking to Its EHR

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JP Schlingman

In what may be first steps toward becoming a full-service digital healthcare platform, Health information technology (HIT) developer Cerner (NASDAQ:CERN) is partnering with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) to bring cloud-based health tracking services to its EHR customers. People who use Amazon’s Halo service—which includes a wristband device and smartphone app to monitor specific health metrics—can now import that data directly into Cerner electronic health record (EHR) systems for sharing with healthcare providers.

This may turn out to be a pioneering effort by one of the nation’s major providers of EHR systems to pull in useful health data from a variety of non-traditional sources and incorporate them into a patient’s electronic health record. Cerner has a major market share of EHR systems (exceeded only by Epic) and has a laboratory information system (LIS) that is used by many clinical laboratories.

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