Kaiser Permanente, an Oakland, Calif.-based not-for-profit organization with over 164,000 employees that straddles the payer and provider world, has promoted CIO Philip Fasano to executive vice president and CIO. Fasano joined Kaiser Permanente in 2007.
"Kaiser Permanente has made the largest resource investments of any health care organization in the world on health information technology," comments George Halvorson, chairman and CEO. "We now have entirely paperless hospitals and clinics that treat more than 8 and a half million patients. We need the IT systems our caregivers use to care for our members to be well designed, well implemented, totally integrated into our operational strategy, and dependably available. We are succeeding in all these areas. IT is extremely important to our organization."
Among the technology milestones achieved under Fasano's watch are a complete rollout of what Kaiser Permanente calls the largest privately funded electronic health record to 489 facilities. According to a Kaiser Permanente statement, 34 Kaiser Permanente hospitals have reached HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 status, which the statement says honors hospitals achieving the highest level of paperless care delivery.
Fasano has worked capabilities supporting real-time, personalized health, which include the implementation of a broad set of technologies, such as population care tools implemented across all the regions covered by Kaiser Permanente, according to the statement.
"I am honored for this personal recognition and proud to be part of an outstanding team of health care leaders," Fasano says. "I am particularly proud of the significant contributions of every member of our team as we lead the way - through innovation, interoperability of electronic records, and standards of technology excellence - to better health for our nation's population and across the world."
Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information ... View Full Bio