Cerner innovation chief to retire: 3 things to know  

Jeff Townsend, Cerner executive vice president and chief of innovation, will retire by the end of 2019, the EHR vendor announced Sept. 9.

Three things to know:

1. Mr. Townsend joined Cerner in 1985. Since then, he has served in various leadership roles, including chief of staff, chief engineering officer and principal architect of the Cerner Millennium platform.

"For more than 30 years, [Mr. Townsend] has worked diligently to position Cerner for key opportunities and prepared us to drive the next wave of healthcare innovation," Cerner Chairman and CEO Brent Shafer said in a news release.

2. Mr. Townsend helped guide initiatives behind Cerner's new operating model, which the company unveiled earlier this year. The new model focuses on client success and developing intelligent systems.

3. Mr. Townsend will continue to serve in an advisory role to the EHR vendor after his departure.

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