100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Neal Patterson, 66
Chairman and CEO, Cerner Corp.
- Compensation: $5,927,620 - according to 2016 proxy statement
- Years on list: 8
Raised on his family's wheat farm in northern Oklahoma, Patterson spent his boyhood days riding a tractor in the fields. Today, he presides over one of the world's largest healthcare software development companies, one that has ridden the electronic health record wave to rake in revenue of $3.4 billion in 2014. Last year, it won a multibillion-dollar contract to digitize health records for the U.S. Defense Department. Patterson is on the board of the First Hand Foundation and is also a co-owner of Kansas City's Major League Soccer franchise.