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Cerner President Zane Burke Will Step Down From Post November 2

Cerner President Zane Burke is leaving the company on November 2 after five years at the helm of the health IT company.

Cerner President Zane Burke steps down.

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By Kate Monica

- Zane Burke will leave Cerner after five years of serving as the health IT company’s President and 22 years holding various executive positions across sales, implementation, support, and finance.

“We thank Zane for his contributions to Cerner across more than two decades,” said Cerner Chairman and CEO Brent Shafer in a press release announcing Burke’s departure.

Burke joined Cerner in 1996 and became the health IT company’s President in 2013 after spearheading Cerner’s client organization.

To date, more than 27,000 contracted provider facilities utilize Cerner EHR systems.

“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,” said Shafer. “I am very confident in the capabilities of Cerner’s strong and experienced leadership team.”

Executive Vice President of Worldwide Client Relationships John Peterzalek will take over Burke’s responsibilities effective immediately, according to Cerner. Peterzalek will assume the title Chief Client officer.

“Cerner has been a disruptive force of positive change across health care throughout its history, and I’m pleased with the accomplishments we’ve achieved together with our clients and the broader industry community,” Burke said.

“Complex and evolving challenges remain, and Cerner is uniquely positioned to continue innovating for the good of consumers and health care providers,” Burke concluded.

Burke leaves Cerner as the health IT company readies to move forward on its $10 billion VA EHR implementation project.

VA signed the deal with Cerner in May after months of ongoing negotiations. The Cerner EHR implementation is slated to mirror that of the Department of Defense’s own MHS Genesis EHR system, which is also supported by a Cerner platform.

By utilizing the same system, the federal departments hope to improve interoperability between providers.

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