Patrick Murphy, previously the acting secretary of the U.S. Army, has been appointed chairman of Cerner's government advisory board succeeding former U.S. senator and Nebraska governor Bob Kerrey.
Cerner said Monday that Murphy currently serves on the Congress-mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission focused on ensuring the cybersecurity of critical U.S. infrastructure.
In 2016, Murphy was named Army undersecretary and chief management officer under former President Obama. He assumed the role of acting secretary shortly after his confirmation.
He also served on the House Appropriations, Intelligence and Armed Services Committees during his tenure as the Democratic representative for Pennsylvania.
According to Murphy, he seeks to help Cerner in efforts to improve patient access to health data in line with the 21st Century Cures Act.
Travis Dalton, president of the company's government services arm, said Murphy's extensive experience will also help “advance Cerner's mission to improve the delivery of health care for our Service members and Veterans.“
Prior to his current role, Murphy served as executive chairman of employee engagement firm WorkMerk and held litigation partner and general counsel positions in the legal sector.