My Information & Society class was lucky to have four visitors from Cerner yesterday. The company is slated to open two huge buildings near the Legends shopping center in our district in the next year or so, and will become a fairly major presence in our community. That, combined with their focus on information, made them a perfect fit for our class!
Elise, Mark, Melissa, and Drew were engaging, humorous, and informative, even handing out earbuds to students who asked good questions and t-shirts for everyone! The students responded really well to their talk, and took away relevant new knowledge.
A few things that stood out and tied with our course curriculum:
- Mission statement: “Health care is too important to stay the same.” (Ties with our discussions about how fast the information and tech world moves- need to constantly innovate)
- Growth to a multi-national corporation (reflective of the Global emphasis)
- Phase 1 was getting data into the system; New phase is getting the data out and making use of it
- Taking vast amounts of data points and processing them to make diagnoses, etc (Sepsis program)
- Data center building- the “cloud”; security (reinforced concrete walls, natural disaster proof); IT side- firewalls, redundant storage and pathways
I was especially proud of my students for their focus and the intelligent and thoughtful questions asked: (I’m paraphrasing from memory)
- How do you keep the information in the cloud secure and confidential?
- What happens when one of your servers fails?
- What if someone goes to a hospital not in your network and the medical professionals need access to their records?
- Why did you choose Prezi for your presentation and not Powerpoint?
- How does management of healthcare information affect someone my age?
Many thanks to Elise, Mark, Melissa, and Drew for such an entertaining, inspiring, and educational visit!