OAKLAND, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HIStalk, a widely read health information technology blog, announced today that Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO George Halvorson has received the 2013 HIStalk Health Care IT Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a lifelong body of industry work. Kaiser Permanente is also the 2013 recipient of the Best Provider User of Health Care IT Award, an honor awarded to the organization in 2012 as well.
The annual awards, called the HISsies, are given to recipients selected by the blog's readers through an open nomination process. Those with the most nominations are then included on a final ballot that is emailed to a HIStalk list of approximately 9,000 readers.
"HIStalk is a widely read blog that has stood the test of time in the health care information technology industry, so it's a great honor to receive recognition from its readers," Halvorson said. "I am very proud of what Kaiser Permanente has accomplished in the technology-enabled health care space and look forward to our continued progress."
Halvorson announced in October 2012 that he will retire December 2013. To support a seamless transition process, Bernard Tyson, current president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente, will assume the role of CEO after a six-month transition period. Halvorson will remain chairman through the end of 2013, at which time Tyson will assume the role of chairman and CEO.
Halvorson has served as chairman and CEO since 2002, and under his leadership Kaiser Permanente has grown to serve more than 9 million members, pioneered the use of electronic health records, and is often seen as a model for the future of health care. Halvorson led the decision to implement Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, an enterprise-wide electronic health record system, a decade ago. Today, KP HealthConnect is the largest, non-governmental EHR in the world, supporting the transformation of care delivery and connecting caregivers and patients in new and innovative ways. In 2012, for example, Kaiser Permanente members securely viewed more than 32 million laboratory results online, exchanged more than 13 million emails with their caregivers and refilled 11 million prescriptions online.
"Mr. HIStalk," which is a pseudonym for a health IT professional who has authored the blog anonymously since its creation in 2003, says the vision and execution involved in Kaiser Permanente's KP HealthConnect project have earned the respect of readers for its impact on patient outcomes and research.
"I was not surprised that Kaiser Permanente won the Best User category again this year, but I didn't necessarily expect readers to name George Halvorson as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner since he doesn't work solely in health care IT," he said. "Readers obviously recognize that Mr. Halvorson made KP HealthConnect a high-profile organizational strategy, and in doing so created a model of ideas and practices that is diffusing to the benefit of patients everywhere. I think readers respect that when everybody was just beginning to talk seriously about future IT-enabled health care excellence, Mr. Halvorson and Kaiser Permanente just went out and did it."
The HISsies began in 2008. Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Judy Faulkner, CEO, Epic Systems and John Glaser, CEO, Siemens Health Services Business. Past recipients of the Best Provider User Award include Cleveland Clinic and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Earlier this year, Halvorson was named No. 6 on Modern Healthcare's annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list. He also has received the Modern Healthcare/Health Information and Management Systems Society CEO IT Achievement Award, and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange awarded him the 2009 Louis Sullivan Award for leadership and achievements in advancing health care quality.
HIStalk is a widely read health information technology blog that was launched in 2003 by an anonymous health IT professional. In the nearly 10 years since its inception, HIStalk has grown to receive approximately 125,000 visits and 250,000 page views monthly. The blog has featured hundreds of CEO interviews, and is supported by many corporate sponsors and loyal readers. The goal of HIStalk is to share health care IT-related news and opinion quickly, concisely, and often humorously, as written by in-the-trenches industry experts. In an annual survey, 90 percent of HIStalk readers said that the blog helps them do their jobs better, and 83 percent said it influences how they perceive companies and products. For more information, go to histalk2.com.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/newscenter.
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