WellPoint, Inc. (ticker: WLP, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Charles Kennedy, M.D., Vice President for Health Information Technology, WellPoint, Inc., Appointed to AHIC Successor, Inc. Board of Directors
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AHIC Successor, Inc. today
announced the appointment of Charles Kennedy, M.D., vice president for Health
Information Technology, WellPoint, Inc., to its board of directors. AHIC
Successor is an independent, sustainable public-private enterprise whose role
is to bring together the best of the public, non-profit and private sectors
into a trusted, purpose-driven organization for the creation and use of a
secure interoperable nationwide health information system. The new
organization is being established in cooperation with the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services as a successor to the American Health Information
Community (AHIC), a federal advisory committee that will soon be dissolving.
The board of directors will be immediately tasked with defining the
strategies by which the organization will fulfill its mission to develop a
unified approach in creating an effective, interoperable nationwide health
information system in the United States.
At WellPoint, Inc., Dr. Kennedy is responsible for building technical
solutions which leverage health plan data sets to help improve patient care.
With over 20 years of healthcare experience, he has deployed several advanced
health IT tools and was responsible for creating strategic acquisitions and
investments in companies that focus on healthcare technology.
"I am honored to be appointed to AHIC Successor, Inc. board of directors
and to be working with an esteemed group of individuals to develop a unified
approach in creating an interoperable nationwide health information system in
the United States," said Kennedy. "WellPoint recognizes the potential value
of health IT to address the current challenges in the American health care
system. I intend to assist in shaping our initiatives to help improve the
quality of care that Americans receive while using this new infrastructure and
to allow for more efficient care delivery."
In addition to being a recognized expert in health IT, Dr. Kennedy has
served on multiple boards such as the National Alliance for Health Information
Technology (NAHIT), The California Regional Health Information Organization
(CalRHIO), and was a founding commissioner of the Certification Commission for
Health Information Technology (CCHIT).
"We are pleased to have the participation of such a distinguished group of
individuals from both the public and private sectors who are committed to the
successful integration and use of health IT in the United States," said John
Tooker, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of
the American College of Physicians and one of the three original incorporators
of AHIC Successor. "The board's leadership and insights from across the
health care, IT, academic, and consumer communities will be invaluable as our
members collaborate on the development of implementation strategies for a
standards-based, interoperable health IT system that ensures confidentiality,
privacy, and security for patients."
The initial three signatories to the incorporation -- John Glaser, Ph.D.,
vice president and chief information officer, Partners HealthCare System,
Inc.; Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer and president,
Clinical Services, Hospital Corporation of America; and Dr. Tooker -- will
also participate as board members for the first year, after which they will
step down without replacement.
The current AHIC, which is scheduled to complete its work by the end of
2008, advises HHS on how to accelerate the development and adoption of health
Widespread adoption of health information technology will improve the
quality, safety, and efficiency of health care by enabling the exchange of
relevant patient information to better manage health information and care.
When used with appropriate safeguards that protect confidentiality and
privacy, health IT can enable comprehensive management of medical information
and its secure exchange between health care consumers, providers, and other
relevant parties. Health IT enables improvements at the point of care,
broader public health improvements, and more efficient and effective data
collection and analysis by researchers to improve quality and affordability of
For more information about AHIC Successor and background on the Board
appointees, please visit www.ahicsuccessor.org .
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medical
membership in the United States. WellPoint is an independent licensee of the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue
Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for
Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding
30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding
counties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected
upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia
suburbs of Washington, D.C.),Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional
information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com .
SOURCE: WellPoint, Inc.