A Bold Move
This is, I think, a very bold move by Cerner and Mission Health. In Cerner's case, it is taking a reduction in software income; in Mission Health's case, it is giving Cerner unheard of access to staff, infrastructure, and plans. The benefits, if all goes as planned, will reward both -- and even if the partnership does not deliver savings, there are other pluses. However, I would bet the two organizations will realize some financial savings and quality improvements through this tight partnership.
As both executives said, this type of arrangement is not for everyone, though. It definitely requires a lot of commitment, flexibility, and foresight, plus a willingness to cede some control (on both sides). It will be very interesting to see how the contract progresses over the next decade.