“There are very few people who understand the extensive role information technology is playing in healthcare worldwide as well as Zane,” said Cerner co-founder, CEO and board Chairman Neal Patterson. “We have a big decade ahead as we work to set new standards of excellence for our clients' organizations. Strong fundamentals are pressuring healthcare organizations around the world to become more accountable for the health of defined populations, resulting in a greater role for information technology as our platforms expand to include population health management. Zane has had a big part in our success to date, and in his new role he will help drive our future success.”
Cerner names Burke as new president
Burke most recently served as executive vice president of Cerner's client organization. He also served as president of Cerner West from 2003 to 2011. Before coming to Cerner, Burke had worked for the consultant KPMG. He has an MBA and a bachelor's degree in accounting, both from Kansas State University. Burke's age was not available at deadline.
Burke succeeds Patterson as Cerner's president, a role Patterson assumed in July 2010 when then-President Trace Devanny stepped down.
In the news release, Burke said “no company is better positioned than Cerner to benefit from the current trends in healthcare. Our significant investments in research and development have helped drive the digitization of healthcare. We are poised for another era of growth with continued investments in R&D focused on leveraging this digitized data to improve healthcare delivery and the health of populations.”
Cerner led all vendors of modular EHR systems used by physicians and other “eligible professionals” to meet the federal meaningful-use requirements under the Medicare EHR incentive payment program. But it trailed numerous vendors in the niche for “complete” EHRs used by physicians and eligible professionals, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis in May of data from the CMS and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
In the hospital EHR market, Cerner ranked No. 4 among vendors of complete EHR systems and No. 2 in the use of modular EHRs by hospitals receiving payments under the Medicare EHR incentive program, the federal data showed.
In its news release, Cerner said its products are licensed by more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000 physicians; 550 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 45 employer sites; and 1,750 retail pharmacies worldwide.
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