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chairman , President , chief executive officer

Neal Patterson is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and co-founder of Cerner Corporation, the world’s largest stand-alone healthcare information technology company, with more than $2B in revenues and more than 10,000 associates worldwide, including more than 6,500 associates in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Background

Patterson grew up the second of three brothers who shared an outhouse and farm chores near Manchester, Oklahoma, roughly halfway between Wichita and Oklahoma City. When he started school, the young Patterson spoke so oddly that only his older brother understood him. His mother regularly drove him 50 miles each way to a speech therapist in Enid.

Education

Career

Starting with a single laboratory information system in 1979, by the mid-1980s, Patterson was investing in creating a suite of fully integrated, clinically focused commercial health care applications. Cerner entered the 1990s with a first-of-its-kind application set built on a common platform with real-time interactive decision support.

In the mid 1990s, Patterson presciently invested significant resources to rebuild the platform on client-server technology using a person-centric data model. During his multi-decade tenure, Patterson has led Cerner to invest more than $3 billion in R&D of health IT, and the solutions that Cerner has designed are deployed at more than 2,700 hospitals and used by 45,000 physicians in private practice.

Achievements

  • Today Cerner is the world’s largest independent health information technology company, with over $2.5B in revenues in 2012 and approximately 12,000 associates worldwide. In September 2012, Forbes ranked Cerner eighth on its list of America’s most innovative companies and 14th in the world.

Views

Neal Patterson is apt to say: "There's always time for one more round after sundown".

Membership

  • Entrepreneurs’ Exchange, a forum of seasoned entrepreneurs who support and encourage the next generation of Kansas City entrepreneurs through private meetings and public events , United States

  • First Hand Foundation, Cerner’s non-profit foundation that provides financial assistance to children with critical healthcare needs

    First Hand Foundation, Cerner’s non-profit foundation that provides financial assistance to children with critical healthcare needs , Kansas City

    1995

  • Midwest Research Institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization that performs contract research for government and industry

    Midwest Research Institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization that performs contract research for government and industry , Kansas City

  • Kansas City's Major League Soccer franchise , Kansas City

  • American Royal, the oldest and one of the largest livestock shows and rodeos in the United States

    American Royal, the oldest and one of the largest livestock shows and rodeos in the United States , Kansas City

Interests

  • Writers

    Ayn Rand (a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter)

  • Sport & Clubs

    soccer

Connections

colleague. friend:
Cliff Illig - Vice Chairman
Cliff Illig - colleague. friend of Neal Patterson

Cliff Illig is co-founder and vice chairman of the board of Cerner Corporation. Prior to co-founding Cerner in 1979, he was a system consultant and manager with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Kansas City, Mo. Currently, Illig serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Heart of America Council of Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he and Cerner Chairman and CEO Neal Patterson, along with others, are co-owners of Kansas City’s Major League Soccer franchise, Sporting KC.

cooleague. friend:
Paul Gorup - chief of innovation
Paul Gorup - cooleague. friend of Neal Patterson

Paul Gorup is chief of innovation of Cerner Corporation. As one of Cerner’s co-founders, Gorup played a critical role in the company’s formative years. Among other accomplishments, he served as one of the key members of the development team for PathNet®, the first widely available commercial solution for Cerner.

He founded Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) with two partners and built the company into an industry leader. Today, BDS operates the largest commercial electronic monitoring system in the world, monitoring more than 1,100 radio stations and 600 television stations in the United States and Canada.

Influence:
Ewing Kauffman - American - entrepreneur , philantropist
Ewing Kauffman - Influence of Neal Patterson

Ewing Marion Kauffman (September 21, 1916 - August 1, 1993) was an American pharmaceutical entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Major League Baseball owner. Ewing Kauffman established the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the mid-1960s with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to be innovative—to fundamentally change people’s lives. He wanted to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get a quality education that would enable them to reach their full potential.

Neal Patterson names the late Ewing Kauffman among his personal influencers.