Neal Patterson, co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Cerner, died Sunday of complications following a reoccurrence of cancer. He was 67.
The company announced that co-founder and vice board chair Cliff Illig will serve as chairman and interim CEO.
Illig said in a statement, “This is a profound loss. Neal and I have been partners and collaborators for nearly 40 years, and friends for longer than that. Neal loved waking up every morning at the intersection of health care and IT. His entrepreneurial passion for using IT as a lever to eliminate error, variance, delay, waste, and friction changed our industry.”
Cerner says its CEO selection process is nearly complete.