Cerner recognizes the health and wellbeing of our veterans is one of the Nation’s highest priorities. As we embark on our partnership with VA to modernize and transform its health system, an Advisory Group comprised of highly experienced and innovative experts has been established to enhance Cerner’s experience providing leading-edge solutions and services for health care organizations worldwide.
The Advisory Group includes a diverse group of experts and thought leaders with essential insight into the veteran experience inside and outside VA, with a shared goal of improving the health and wellbeing of veterans. Members will support Cerner’s efforts by sharing their perspectives, ideas, and knowledge in contributing to the development of a successful implementation strategy. Cerner will engage the Advisory Group for advice on development and outreach for key relationships throughout the government, health care industry, veteran and military communities, and service organizations.
Leaders working together to improve veteran health care
- Chair Bob Kerrey, former U.S. Senator Nebraska Governor, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Kerrey served in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Navy SEAL and was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat.
- Daphne Bascom, M.D., Ph.D. is the senior vice president and medical director of community integrated health for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and has more than 10 years of experience in clinical integration, performance improvement, and deployment of health IT systems.
- Vivian Greentree, Ph.D. is the senior vice president and head of global corporate citizenship at First Data Corporation. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Dr. Greentree helped found Blue Star Families, the largest chapter-based military support organization in the country, where she most recently served as director of research and policy.
- Karen DeSalvo , M.D. is the former acting assistant secretary for health, former national coordinator for health information technology, and former director of the Office of the National Coordinator for HHS. Before serving at HHS, Dr. DeSalvo served as the New Orleans health commissioner and the senior health policy advisor to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu.
- Marina Martin is a technology entrepreneur and former chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. During her tenure at VA, Marina built the first agency United States digital service team, which focused on transforming the veteran digital experience.
- Jim Peake, M.D., LTG (Ret) is a senior vice president at CGI Federal, a leading IT and business process services provider. Dr. Peake is a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and served as the 40th Surgeon General of the United States Army. Dr. Peake was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart during his service in Vietnam.
- Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Ph.D. is the president, clinical services and Chief Medical Officer for the Hospital Corporation of America where he provides leadership on advancing electronic health records and driving value through data science and advanced analytics. Dr. Perlin is a former under secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the senior-most physician in the federal government, and CEO of Veterans Health Administration.
- Brigadier General Donald Scott is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army with a thirty-year military career, serving in Vietnam and receiving the distinguished service medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. After retiring from the Army in 1991, he was appointed as chief of staff and CEO of the city of Atlanta, named by former President Clinton as a founder and director of the National Civilian Community Corps, the residential program of AmeriCorps, and appointed as deputy librarian of congress for the Library of Congress.
Modernizing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ electronic health record
In June 2017, Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, announced his plan to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Secretary Shulkin named Cerner as the intended next-generation EHR for VA, the same EHR system used by the Department of Defense (DoD), with the goal of providing seamless care in one longitudinal health record across a single domain for our active service members and veterans, improving healthcare to-day, tomorrow and for years to come.