Feinberg, who is 59, served as Google Health’s vice president since 2019, the release stated. He will begin his new role Oct. 1.
At Google Health, Feinberg brought together groups from both Google and Alphabet to use artificial intelligence (AI), product expertise and hardware to address healthcare issues, according to the release. He was also responsible for organizing and innovating Google’s healthcare initiatives.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been guided by the goal of improving patient health and reducing the complexity of the healthcare system,” Feinberg said in the release. “I am thrilled to join a company that is so uniquely well-positioned to provide technology solutions that enable clinicians to take better care of patients while driving better clinical, operational and financial outcomes for organizations of all sizes.”
Cerner board member Mitch Daniels, who is also chair of the Nominating, Governance and Public Policy Committee, said in the release that the board had been looking for a candidate with expertise and the ability to help capitalize on the company’s work.
“With his exceptional track record of leading and innovating programs to improve patient care, technology experience and industry expertise, we believe Dr. Feinberg is the ideal CEO to lead Cerner in its next chapter of growth and success,” he said, per the release.
Feinberg, still with Google Health in April, said the company is “where people start their healthcare journey.” Google is the first place people usually go before visiting the emergency room for a health issue.
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