KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner today announced that Zane M. Burke has been named as the company's President. Mr. Burke will report to Cerner Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Neal Patterson.
"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Zane as president of Cerner," said Neal Patterson. "There are very few people who understand the extensive role information technology is playing in health care worldwide as well as Zane. We have a big decade ahead as we work to set new standards of excellence for our clients' organizations. Strong fundamentals are pressuring health care 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."
Mr. Burke came to Cerner in 1996 from KPMG LLP, and has made significant contributions to Cerner's growth and in building strategic relationships with many of the largest health systems in the world. He has held a number of positions in the company, including President of Cerner West from 2003 to 2011, and, more recently, Executive Vice President of Cerner's client organization. Mr. Burke holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kansas State University.
"I am excited for the opportunity to expand my leadership role at Cerner," said Zane Burke. "I believe no company is better positioned than Cerner to benefit from the current trends in health care. Our significant investments in research and development have helped drive the digitization of health care. We are poised for another era of growth with continued investments in R&D focused on leveraging this digitized data to improve health care delivery and the health of populations."
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we've learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.
Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities around the world, including 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.
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