KANSAS CITY, US - (HealthTech Wire / News) - The Cerner Corporation announced at the beginning of the week that its Chairman and CEO, Neal Patterson, passed away on 9 July due to unforeseen complications of a cancer recurrence.
Cliff Illig, co-founder and vice chairman, formerly one of Patterson’s close advisors, has now taken over as chairman and interim CEO of the company.
In a statement, Illig said: “This is a profound loss. Neal and I have been partners and collaborators for nearly 40 years, and friends for longer than that.
“Neal loved waking up every morning at the intersection of health care and IT. His entrepreneurial passion for using IT as a lever to eliminate error, variance, delay, waste and friction changed our industry."
The company expects to finalise the process of recruitment for a new CEO imminently.
‘Passionate supporter for health IT’
Steve Lieber, HIMSS President and CEO, said in a statement:“On behalf of HIMSS and our members, we are saddened to hear of Neal Patterson’s passing this weekend. Our condolences are with the Patterson and Cerner families.
“Over these many years, we have come to know Neal as a passionate supporter for health IT policy and technology advancements.
“He expected a great deal of himself, his team, and the industry to benefit patients, caregivers, and providers alike. We look forward to continuing Neal’s legacy to advance standards-based interoperability and information sharing for all.”
Source: HealthTech Wire