Zane Burke to step down as president of Cerner

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Cerner announced Monday that Zane Burke will step down on November 2 as president of the healthcare IT vendor after more than 20 years with the company.

Burke, who previously led Cerner’s client organization and was named president in 2013, has served since 1996 in a number of corporate executive positions in sales, implementation, support and finance. No reason was given for his leaving the company.

John Peterzalek, executive vice president of worldwide client relationships, will assume Burke’s duties effective immediately with the title of chief client officer, according to the announcement.

“We thank Zane for his contributions to Cerner across more than two decades,” said Brent Shafer, chairman and CEO of Cerner, in a written statement. “Zane leaves the company with a strong client focus and commitment to continued innovation, partnership and sustainable growth deeply engrained in our culture and leadership philosophy. I am very confident in the capabilities of Cerner’s strong and experienced leadership team.”

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In May, Cerner was awarded a $10 billion Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health record modernization contract—one of the largest IT contracts in the federal government.

In 2015, the Department of Defense awarded a $4.3 billion contract to prime contractor Leidos to modernize the military’s EHR system. The Leidos-led team includes Cerner which provides the core Millennium capability as a software-as-a-service hosted in the vendor’s data center.

DoD and VA intend to create a single common EHR. However, the initial deployment last year of MHS GENESIS—the military’s new Cerner system—at four military sites in the Pacific Northwest was found to be “neither operationally effective nor operationally suitable,” according to a report from DoD’s director of operational test and evaluation released in May.

“Cerner has been a disruptive force of positive change across healthcare throughout its history, and I’m pleased with the accomplishments we’ve achieved together with our clients and the broader industry community,” said Burke in a written statement. “Complex and evolving challenges remain, and Cerner is uniquely positioned to continue innovating for the good of consumers and healthcare providers.”

Last month, Cerner announced results for the 2018 second quarter that ended June 30. Bookings in Q2 of 2018 were $1.775 billion, an increase of 9 percent compared with $1.636 billion in the second quarter of 2017, while revenue was $1.368 billion, an increase of 6 percent compared with $1.292 billion in the year-ago quarter.

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