Cerner Corp. co-founder, chairman and CEO Neal Patterson made a surprise appearance at the Cerner Health Conference on Wednesday. In past years, Patterson has delivered a keynote at the conference, but he has been largely out of sight since he disclosed in January that he was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer.
Patterson took the stage at Sprint Center following a speech by Geisinger Health System CEO Dr. David Feinberg.
The Cerner chairman and chief executive spoke to about 15,000 conference attendees to tell about his own journey through the health care system.
According to a Cerner blog post, Patterson said he had recently received good news about his diagnosis, and hoped to return to Cerner in January, in some capacity.