Cerner Corp. announced the hiring of a new chief technology officer with experience that aligns with the company’s push toward cloud computing.
The North Kansas City-based health care IT company (Nasdaq: CERN) announced the hiring of Jerome Labat to lead its technology efforts. Labat has more than 30 years of technology and product development leadership experience, most recently as CTO of Micro Focus International Plc., according to a Monday release. He also was CTO of HPE Software and a vice president at Intuit and Oracle.
“The span of my entire career has prepared me for this role — from building software and clients’ implementations to taking products to the cloud,” Labat said in a release. “I now have the opportunity to help shape tomorrow’s health care, which is something I’m passionate about.”
Cerner CEO Brent Shafer said Labat’s experience fits well with the company’s direction. The company, one of the leading providers of electronic health records and hospital technology, is working to go from gathering health information to using that information to improve health care.
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In July, the company announced a deal to make Amazon Web Services is preferred cloud provider.
Labat’s hiring continues a reshaping of Cerner’s executive ranks. In February, the company named Don Trigg as president, taking a position that had been open since Zane Burke’s departure in November 2018. At the same time, the company introduced John Peterzalek as chief client and services officer.
Since Shafer became CEO in February 2018, Cerner has seen the departures of Chief People Officer Julie Wilson, Chief of Innovation Jeff Townsend, COO Mike Nill and Chief Strategy Officer Joanne Burns.
Source: Biz Journals