Cerner has announced the formation of a new advisory group to provide recommendations on its work for the Veterans Affairs Department’s Electronic Health Record Modernization program, pulling from former government, military, and private sector leaders.
Cerner, a health care technology company, said its new advisory group shares a common interest in veterans’ health and wellness.
“Each member of our VA Advisory Group brings exceptional knowledge and experience, which will help us deliver a seamless care experience for our nation’s veterans,” said Travis Dalton, Cerner senior vice president. “As we work with VA to modernize its health record system, the incredibly accomplished members of this group will provide advice and guidance on our approach to improving every veterans’ experience across the system of care – both within VA and with community providers.”
The VA Advisory Group is chaired by former senator and Nebraska governor, Bob Kerrey, a U.S. Navy veteran.
“Our veterans deserve continuous access to their medical records while in the service and afterward, whether they are seen in VA or a private health care system,” Kerrey said in a written statement. “I received years of treatment from VA and have firsthand experience with the challenges veterans often face when receiving care. I am honored to lead this Advisory Group supporting meaningful improvement in caring for veterans.”
The advisory group also includes Roger Baker, a government technology consultant and former VA assistant secretary of information and technology and chief information officer. Baker is also former CIO for the Commerce Department, and has served as a chief executive for multiple privately held IT companies.
Other members of the new advisory group are Daphne Bascom, senior vice president and medical director of community integrated health for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City; Vivian Greentree, senior vice president and head of global corporate citizenship at First Data Corp.; Karen DeSalvo, former acting assistant secretary for health for the Health and Human Services Department; former VA Chief Technology Officer Marina Martin; retired Lt. Gen. James Peake, senior vice president at CGI Federal; Jonathan Perlin, chief medical officer for the Hospital Corporation of America; and Brig. Gen. Donald Scott.
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I have been watching the price action and think Oracle and or IBM may enter a bidding war over Cerner. It does appear both of these companies need some acquisition to push their earnings forward. Plus with Neal Patterson passing the company maybe in sell mode. Finally with the exe severance compensation rules changing to keep them from jumping ship was the final cue that something is in the works