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    Cerner president Zane Burke reveals open approach to interoperability

    Date: 2/2/2017
    Author: Bernie Monegain


    The health IT giant is focusing its $700 million R&D budget on EMR usability, interoperability, revenue cycle management, population health.

    Cerner President Zane Burke said the company is continuing to push forward with a focus on overarching trends such as patient identification, population health – and an open philosophy to interoperability.

    “It’s one thing to say it, it’s another thing to do it,” Burke said. “It takes significant focus to be both open and interoperable.”

    Cerner is dedicating a chunk of the $700 million it spends for research and development on advancing the open approach, Burke said, by working with partners and enabling them to develop on top of Cerner software via APIs.

    “I thought we took a major step with the announcement of CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality,” Burke explained. “We’re going to do anything possible to move forward on interoperability. We view it as a moral obligation in our industry.”

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