Cerner comments on DOD modernization contract

During an earnings call for second quarter 2015 financial results, Cerner made its first public comments about its recently awarded contract from the Department of Defense to upgrade and modernize the military health record system.

Cerner is on a team with contractor Leidos, serving as the core EHR supplier.

"We are honored, humbled, and excited to be a part of the team that won what we believe was the most objective and comprehensive evaluation of technology platforms and solutions ever conducted," said Zane Burke, Cerner president. "We now have the opportunity for Cerner's suite of integrated solutions to replace the DoD's legacy health IT system in its 55 hospitals and more than 350 clinics worldwide, as well as in ships, submarines and other locations in the theater of military operations."

Mr. Burke said Cerner is prepared to meet the staffing requirements of the contract, including the vendor's global team.

Additionally, Mr. Burke said Cerner's relationship with clients will not be affected. "We believe this is a positive development for our clients, and they should have confidence that Cerner will continue to execute to meet all of our current and future commitments," he said.

Mr. Burke said most of their clients are excited for the win. "We've seen a lot of positive momentum from them," he said. "The momentum is clearly on our side."

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