About 14,000 are expected to attend the annual Cerner Health Conference on Oct. 11-14, with sessions to be held at the Sprint Center, the Kansas City Convention Center, and the Crowne Plaza and Marriott hotels.
The third-largest convention to be held in the city this year, the conference will have the theme Connecting What Matters. That’s a reference to both providing a continuum of health care for people and interoperability of patient records.
The conference is expected to generate more than $14 million for the local economy, convention planners said.
Health industry and information technology practitioners — about half of them from outside the Kansas City area — are registered for the conference, which offers more than 340 sessions and more than 700 speakers.
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Conference attendance this year is buoyed by Cerner’s acquisition in February of Siemens Health Services. Many former Siemens workers and clients will attend.
Neal Patterson, Cerner’s chairman, CEO and co-founder, on Oct. 13 will provide an update on the company’s vision for health systems, health care providers and communities.
Guest speakers include Karen DeSalvo, acting assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.