Cerner And Amazon Web Services To Collaborate On Population Health

A partnership between Amazon and Cerner Corp is expected to be announced this week. According to CNBC, Amazon Web Services’ chief executive officer, Andy Jassy, intends to make the announcement during the re:Invent conference where he will be delivering a keynote address.

The partnership will see the cloud computing unit of Amazon working with Cerner’s HealtheIntent product. According to sources talks between the two entities are in late stages. Cerner’s product, which is a population health management tool, allows the analysis of data by health care systems with a view to predicting outcomes in a population. This makes it possible for early coordination of care.

Truman Medical Centers

An example of this is initiative being carried out in conjunction with Truman Medical Centers where the platform is being used to track patients suffering from diabetes and heart failure. Consequently automated alerts will be sent to care providers whenever intervention becomes necessary.

During last year’s edition of the re:Invent conference an executive from Cerner delivered a presentation focusing on HealtheIntent’s use of computing and storage power from Amazon Web Services.

The impending partnership between Cerner and Amazon coincides with a report indicating that the online retail giant is poised to become the major beneficiary on Cyber Monday. A study conduction by Fung Global Retail Technology found that approximately 75% of online shoppers in the United States plan to make their purchases this year from Amazon.

The value of purchases made on Cyber Monday is expected to be $1.6 billion more in comparison with Black Friday. The survey by Fung Global Retail Technology also found out that 82% of shoppers to purchase a gift online during this year’s holiday season vis-à-vis 77% who intend to buy gifts from a brick-and-mortar store.

Amazon Prime

Of those who will do their online shopping on Amazon, it is estimated that 90% of them are subscribers of Amazon Prime. Estimates obtained from the CIRP indicate that the number of households in the United States who are subscribed to Amazon Prime is over 90 million.

“We believe the average Prime customer is forecasted to spend between roughly 20 to 25 percent more this holiday season than the year ago period,” wrote GBH Insights’ technology research head, Daniel Ives, in a research note.

Last year it was estimated by Slice Intelligence that Amazon’s online spending share was 30.9% during the Thanksgiving weekend. Walmart’s share of online spending during the same period was 4.1% while Best Buy’s was 7.4%.

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