Despite its intentions to acquire the hospital information systems business line of Siemens Healthcare, the Cerner Millennium clinical and financial suite of software is the go-forward product line, Cerner President Zane Burke tells Health Data Management.

In fact, while Cerner is committed to supporting and enhancing the Soarian clinical and financial lines for at least a decade, it is not yet clear if the company will sell Soarian products going forward. That is an early decision for the company to make, Burke says. Soarian has about 80 clients, of which some clients have multiple hospitals, he adds.

What is clear is that Cerner will not replace its Millennium financial software with Soarian Financials, as the company is pleased with the progress of the financial product, Burke says.

The decision of whether Soarian customers will migrate to Millennium will be unique to each client, Burke notes. Cerner wants to earn the respect of and compete for the Soarian crowd, he adds. The core migration targets will be the approximately 600 sites using SiemensÂ’ older Invision and MedSeries 4 product lines.

Another major part of the acquisition is an agreement with Siemens to integrate its imaging modalities with Cerner products, which Burke says will enable the company to showcase its interoperability capabilities.

Asked if Siemens leader John Glaser will join Cerner, Burke says the hope is to have the Siemens management team involved in integral parts of the go-forward strategy.

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