Healthcare IT and Biotechnology News Release
Date of Publication: Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Health Tech Leader Joins Deloitte Center for Health Solutions

John Glaser Named Senior Advisor to Center
WASHINGTON -- John Glaser, chief information officer of Partners Healthcare and one of the industry's leading authorities on health technology and innovation, is joining the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions as a senior advisor to the Center's Care Delivery Innovation efforts, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP announced today.


Glaser will advise the Center for Health Solutions and provide insight to Deloitte clients on a range of subject areas, including transformation of care delivery through health information technology, large-scale health information technology project management, clinical information systems, and other areas of innovation relevant to health providers. Glaser also will advise the Center on areas of convergence across provider, health plans and life science companies, such as regional connectivity efforts, personalized medicine and telemedicine.


"John Glaser's experience and passion will be invaluable as the Center works to support the adoption of innovative tools to improve the quality of health care in America," said Tommy G. Thompson, the independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. "Our health system is in the dark ages when it comes to implementing information technology in hospitals and doctors offices to protect the health of patients. We can -- and must -- do better."


"I am pleased to join the Center for Health Solutions to work with Deloitte and its clients on innovative health care delivery systems," Glaser said. "The Center is committed to working with all health care stakeholders -- hospitals, doctors, health plans, governments, employers and patients -- to meet the challenges of effectively adopting and implementing information technology systems."


The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions was created in 2005 to develop answers to the most difficult challenges facing health care by bringing all sides together to find common ground solutions to shared problems. The Center is examining what work works in health care and why, and is developing innovative ideas to make health care more efficient, more affordable and more accessible -- with one of the major areas of study being health information technology. More information on the Center is available at http://www.deloitte.com/us/healthsolutions.


"Deloitte is committed to supporting the Center's mission of developing independent, insightful and innovative solutions to the challenges facing the life science and health care industry," said John Bigalke, vice chairman and U.S. managing partner for Deloitte's Life Sciences and Health Care practice. "The addition of John Glaser to our team of thought leaders will enable the Center to engage in solutions-driven dialogue on this most critical opportunity."


Glaser is the vice president and chief information officer at Partners HealthCare System, Inc., in Massachusetts. Glaser was the founding chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and is the past president of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).


Glaser is a fellow of HIMSS, CHIME and the American College of Medical Informatics, and has been awarded the John Gall award for health care CIO of the year. He is currently the chairman of the eHealth Initiative and has been a member of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association.




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