Former HCFA administrator to Join Cerner Board of Directors

Nancy-Ann DeParle Nominated to Cerner Corporation's Board of Directors



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cerner Corporation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerner Corporation today
 announced the nomination of Nancy-Ann DeParle to the Cerner board of
 directors.  DeParle brings deep public policy expertise and eight years
 experience in the Clinton administration dealing with health care issues.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990421/CERNLOGO )
     The election of directors will take place at Cerner's annual shareholder
 meeting on May 25, 2001.  DeParle, former administrator of the Health Care
 Financing Administration (HCFA), will serve on the board of directors if
 elected in May.
     DeParle served as administrator of the HCFA from 1997 to October 2000.  In
 this role, she was responsible for the nation's largest health insurance
 program and a key health policy advisor to former President Clinton.  She
 resigned to become a fellow of the Institute of Politics and the Interfaculty
 Health Policy Forum at Harvard University, her alma mater.  DeParle is
 currently a national consultant on health policy and regulatory issues.
 Before joining the HCFA, DeParle served as associate director for health and
 personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget.  DeParle also
 served as the Tennessee Commissioner of Human Services from 1987 to 1989,
 where she administered a 6000-employee agency that provided food stamps,
 welfare, rehabilitation and child protective services.
     "Nancy-Ann is one of the top health care policy experts in the country,"
 said Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman and chief executive officer.  "Her
 leadership at the most influential health care agency in America and her vast
 knowledge of health care trends is highly regarded and will be a significant
 addition to our board.  Also, her experience with the regulatory environment
 at both the state and federal level will provide useful insights as our health
 systems, legislators and regulators deal with complex subjects such as patient
 privacy, the patient bill of rights and patient safety."
     "Nancy-Ann understands Cerner's mission to transform health care," added
 Patterson.  "More importantly, she recognizes the role of technology as a
 change agent to revolutionize the way health care is practiced.  She will
 provide vital perspective regarding how Cerner should continually develop its
 solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients, the nation's health care
 organizations."
     "I'm pleased about the opportunity to join the leadership of a company
 like Cerner," said DeParle.  "Cerner has established itself as a visionary
 company that looks beyond quick fixes and focuses on fundamentally improving
 health care in this country.  The prospect of helping guide and shape that
 vision as a member of Cerner's board excites me."
     DeParle earned her juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School.  She
 was a Rhodes Scholar and completed her bachelor's and master's degrees from
 the Honour School of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College,
 Oxford University.  She also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree
 from the University of Tennessee.  DeParle has served as Director for the
 National Forum for Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting and is a
 nominee for Director of Guidant Corporation.
     Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:   CERN) ( www.cerner.com ) is the leading
 supplier of clinical and management information and knowledge systems to more
 than 1,550 health care organizations worldwide.  Cerner's mission is to
 connect the appropriate persons, knowledge, and resources at the appropriate
 time and location to achieve the optimal health outcome.  The company's vision
 is to improve the health of communities through innovation and investments in
 information technology.  Cerner strives to transform the health care delivery
 system by increasing the quality of care, improving efficiencies, eliminating
 medical error and connecting the individual to the system with innovative
 information solutions.  HNA Millennium is Cerner's comprehensive suite of
 solutions that promote personal and community health management by connecting
 consumers, clinicians and health care organizations into a streamlined,
 unified single care process.  HNA Millennium applications work on a cohesive
 platform that is open, intelligent and scalable, allowing vital health
 information to be accessed and shared throughout the health care system.
 Cerner  ...  we make health care smarter.  The following are registered
 trademarks of Cerner: Cerner and the Cerner logo.
 
 

SOURCE Cerner Corporation
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerner Corporation today
 announced the nomination of Nancy-Ann DeParle to the Cerner board of
 directors.  DeParle brings deep public policy expertise and eight years
 experience in the Clinton administration dealing with health care issues.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990421/CERNLOGO )
     The election of directors will take place at Cerner's annual shareholder
 meeting on May 25, 2001.  DeParle, former administrator of the Health Care
 Financing Administration (HCFA), will serve on the board of directors if
 elected in May.
     DeParle served as administrator of the HCFA from 1997 to October 2000.  In
 this role, she was responsible for the nation's largest health insurance
 program and a key health policy advisor to former President Clinton.  She
 resigned to become a fellow of the Institute of Politics and the Interfaculty
 Health Policy Forum at Harvard University, her alma mater.  DeParle is
 currently a national consultant on health policy and regulatory issues.
 Before joining the HCFA, DeParle served as associate director for health and
 personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget.  DeParle also
 served as the Tennessee Commissioner of Human Services from 1987 to 1989,
 where she administered a 6000-employee agency that provided food stamps,
 welfare, rehabilitation and child protective services.
     "Nancy-Ann is one of the top health care policy experts in the country,"
 said Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman and chief executive officer.  "Her
 leadership at the most influential health care agency in America and her vast
 knowledge of health care trends is highly regarded and will be a significant
 addition to our board.  Also, her experience with the regulatory environment
 at both the state and federal level will provide useful insights as our health
 systems, legislators and regulators deal with complex subjects such as patient
 privacy, the patient bill of rights and patient safety."
     "Nancy-Ann understands Cerner's mission to transform health care," added
 Patterson.  "More importantly, she recognizes the role of technology as a
 change agent to revolutionize the way health care is practiced.  She will
 provide vital perspective regarding how Cerner should continually develop its
 solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients, the nation's health care
 organizations."
     "I'm pleased about the opportunity to join the leadership of a company
 like Cerner," said DeParle.  "Cerner has established itself as a visionary
 company that looks beyond quick fixes and focuses on fundamentally improving
 health care in this country.  The prospect of helping guide and shape that
 vision as a member of Cerner's board excites me."
     DeParle earned her juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School.  She
 was a Rhodes Scholar and completed her bachelor's and master's degrees from
 the Honour School of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College,
 Oxford University.  She also graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree
 from the University of Tennessee.  DeParle has served as Director for the
 National Forum for Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting and is a
 nominee for Director of Guidant Corporation.
     Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:   CERN) ( www.cerner.com ) is the leading
 supplier of clinical and management information and knowledge systems to more
 than 1,550 health care organizations worldwide.  Cerner's mission is to
 connect the appropriate persons, knowledge, and resources at the appropriate
 time and location to achieve the optimal health outcome.  The company's vision
 is to improve the health of communities through innovation and investments in
 information technology.  Cerner strives to transform the health care delivery
 system by increasing the quality of care, improving efficiencies, eliminating
 medical error and connecting the individual to the system with innovative
 information solutions.  HNA Millennium is Cerner's comprehensive suite of
 solutions that promote personal and community health management by connecting
 consumers, clinicians and health care organizations into a streamlined,
 unified single care process.  HNA Millennium applications work on a cohesive
 platform that is open, intelligent and scalable, allowing vital health
 information to be accessed and shared throughout the health care system.
 Cerner  ...  we make health care smarter.  The following are registered
 trademarks of Cerner: Cerner and the Cerner logo.
 
 SOURCE  Cerner Corporation