Cerner Corporation's Zane Burke: ready for DoD EHR contract

Cerner Corporation president Zane Burke, said the vendor is ready for the $4.3 billion DoD EHR contract. SearchHealthIT's HIT Squad discussed Burke's proclamation in this podcast.

Zane Burke, president of Cerner Corporation, based in Kansas City, Mo., is a health IT superstar.

In the wake of Cerner's stunning victory in a highly contested $4.3 billion contract to modernize the Department of Defense's (DoD) health IT systems, Burke appeared in a recent SearchHealthIT video with U.S. Army Col. Nicole Kerkenbush, military deputy program executive officer for the DoD defense healthcare management systems.

Cerner, along with systems integrators Leidos Inc. and Accenture Federal Services, vanquished its arch-nemesis, Epic Systems Corp., as well as Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. to win the coveted DoD EHR contract.

It was a big deal.

But in a video, shot and edited by SearchHealthIT reporter Kristen Lee at the annual forum of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in Orlando, Fla., Burke appeared modest and confident about Cerner's ability to put in place what he called its "off-the-shelf" software around the world for the DoD.

That predicted smooth rollout will come amid some pretty unusual healthcare settings, Kerkenbush noted, from a tent in Afghanistan to a Navy ship in the ocean, to name just a few of the healthcare theaters where Cerner software will be deployed.

In this HIT squad podcast, Lee discussed Burke's calm assertions that Cerner already has the experience with large scale EHR installations and the staff it needs to handle the DoD project while paying proper attention to Cerner's other customers.

In addition, Lee spoke about her interview with Marc Probst, another health IT star and CHIME Board of Trustees Chair-elect for 2016 and vice president and CIO of Utah's Intermountain Healthcare, which is part of the DoD deal. Her conclusion: Probst is a really smart, and nice, guy.

Also in the podcast, Lee's colleague, SearchHealthIT reporter Shaun Sutner, talked about his recent trip, to New Orleans for the 2015 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit, on the eve of the ICD-10 implementation.

Conferees at the American Health Information Management Association event celebrated the long-anticipated coming of ICD-10, even though the new medical coding system's rollout -- a day after the conference ended -- was said to contribute to lower attendance numbers than usual.

Let us know what you think about this podcast discussing Cerner's Zane Burke and CHIME's Marc Probst; email Shaun Sutner, news and features writeror contact @SSutner on Twitter.

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