KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq:CERN), a leading health care information technology and services provider, today announced that it ranked No. 69 in this year's InformationWeek 500 – a list of the top technology innovators in the U.S. The distinction represents Cerner's first entry in the InformationWeek 500 and marks the 2nd recognition for innovation in as many months, as Cerner was recently ranked by Forbes as the 7th most innovative company in America and 13th in the World. InformationWeek recognized Cerner for its deployment of Cerner Skybox SM Network Connect, a nationwide carrier-grade network dedicated exclusively to the health care industry. Built, managed, and support by Cerner, the network provides fully redundant and secure connectivity, handling data traffic between client health care venues and Cerner's US data center facilities. The full deployment of Cerner Skybox Network has delivered significant improvements in both the reliability and performance of network connectivity for Cerner's clients, in additional to improved scalability and operational cost reductions. "Network connectivity represents a foundational component of hosting and cloud service delivery. As our solutions and services increasingly leverage hosted data and cloud computing, delivering world-class network connectivity becomes all the more important," said Bill Graff, Senior Vice President of Cerner's Technology Services organization. "Our clients look to Cerner for class-leading hosting and cloud services, and it is through innovations like the Cerner Skybox Network that we can continue to drive service improvement across our entire client base. We are very pleased to have Cerner recognized by InformationWeek for our innovative use of technology, and we thank our clients for all of their support as we continue to pursue new innovations on their behalf." "The theme of this year's InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It's a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer-focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "Every enterprise is now a digital business — or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way." InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of some of the best-known organizations in the country. Past overall winners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way and Principal Financial Group. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology. Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/500 . About Cerner Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we've learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.