Siemens Healthcare Appoints John Glaser CEO of Health IT Business

Federal government advisor and longtime Partners HealthCare VP, CIO joins Siemens Health Services

Jun 25, 2010, 15:22 ET from Siemens Healthcare

MALVERN, Pa., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Siemens Healthcare announced the appointment of John Glaser, Ph.D. as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Health Services Business Unit.  In his role, Glaser will be responsible for leading Siemens' global healthcare IT business, including product development, strategy, portfolio management, financial performance, and overall customer satisfaction. When his appointment goes into effect on August 16, he will begin leading over 4,500 employees, multiple health information system brands, a robust Global Services arm, and Siemens' world-renowned Information Systems Center.

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"Dr. Glaser is regarded as one of the world's most influential experts on healthcare information technology, and it is a great privilege for me to welcome him to Siemens Healthcare," said Tom Miller, CEO, Workflow & Solutions Division, Siemens Healthcare Sector.  "Through his private and public roles, Dr. Glaser has shaped the way that hospitals, physicians and regulators are currently embracing information technology to deliver safer, faster and more efficient healthcare while also addressing concerns of privacy, security and cost savings.  This expertise and insight will be a tremendous asset to Siemens as we continue to lead the delivery of innovative IT solutions to the marketplace."

Most recently, John served as advisor to David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for healthcare IT, providing counsel to the Office of the National Coordinator and the Department of Health and Human Services on the HITECH portions of the federal government's stimulus bill, particularly regarding national efforts to adopt electronic medical records.  Since 1995, Glaser served as Vice President and CIO of Partners HealthCare (Boston, Mass.), directing IT for an organization of ten hospitals, 7,000 physicians, and 45,000 employees, including a team of 1,300 IT professionals.  He is founding Chair of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), past President of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and has served on multiple industry boards.  Most notably, Glaser received the 1994 John Gall CIO of the Year award and CHIME has established a scholarship in his name.

"John Glaser has helped put Partners HealthCare on the forefront of health information technology nationally and has enabled us to deliver safer care to our patients," said Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. "John's work at Partners has shaped the conversation about electronic medical records and his efforts have helped to improve the American health care delivery system."

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2009 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 11.9 billion euros and profit of around 1.5 billion euros. For further information please visit:

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