Cerner selects Brent Shafer as new CEO

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Brent Shafer, previously CEO of Phillips North America, will became CEO and chairman of Cerner effective Feb. 1, the company announced. He will replace co-founder Cliff Illig, who began serving as interim CEO after former executive and co-founder Neal Patterson died in July 2017.

Cerner was the largest electronic health record (EHR) vendor in 2016, according to HealthExec, and is set to transition the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to a Cerner EHR and make it interoperable with the system being implemented at the Department of Defense. The project could take up to eight years and require $782 million in federal funding.

“For decades, Cerner has built its reputation on meaningful innovation and driving client value,” Shafer said in a statement. “This company’s history of remarkable, sustained growth is testament to a strong leadership culture, and I’m excited to celebrate many new milestones with Cerner associates around the world. My commitment to Cerner’s clients, shareholders and associates worldwide is that we will continue to be the catalyst for real and effective improvement across healthcare.”

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