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Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson Receives National Award From the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange
Date:4/21/2009

Recognized for Leadership Vision and Achievements in Advancing Health Care Quality

OAKLAND, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange is honoring Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, George Halvorson, with the 2009 Louis Sullivan Award. WEDI's award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their leadership vision and achievements in advancing the overall quality and efficiency of health care. The winner is selected through a vote by the WEDI board of directors.

The award is named for its first recipient, former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., who was instrumental in creating WEDI in 1991. As the 2009 award recipient, Halvorson joins the ranks of previous winners, including John Halamka, M.D., M.S., chief information officer and dean for technology at Harvard Medical School and chair of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel; Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation; and Michael Leavitt and Tommy Thompson, both former secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Halvorson is widely credited with leading the successful rollout of Kaiser Permanente's multi-billion-dollar information technology initiative, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM), the world's largest civilian electronic health record. Earlier this month, the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society awarded 12 Kaiser Permanente hospitals the first-ever Stage 7 Awards, the highest level of recognition for hospital-based EHR implementation. More recently, Halvorson was a leading presenter and speaker at the sixth annual World Health Care Congress held last week in Washington, D.C., delivering a keynote address on the infrastructure of health care in the United States.

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