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CHIME Foundation honors John Glaser with lifetime achievement award

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ANN ARBOR, MI, October 23, 2012 – John Glaser, Ph.D., CEO, Siemens Healthcare, Health Services Business Unit, has been selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Foundation.

The award recognizes contributions to the healthcare information technology (IT) industry throughout the recipient’s entire career; and Glaser is being honored for a 35-year career that involves numerous leadership roles and involvement in many ground-breaking initiatives.

Glaser joined Siemens Healthcare as CEO of the global healthcare IT business in August 2010. He is responsible for overseeing product development, strategy, portfolio management, financial performance and overall customer satisfaction. Prior to this move, he was vice president and CIO of Boston-based Partners Healthcare, an organization recognized as one of the industry’s leaders in implementing and successfully using IT in a range of settings.

Glaser is one of the leading spokespersons for the healthcare IT industry. He has championed the push to demonstrate how IT capabilities can enhance healthcare delivery. He served as the founding chairman of CHIME in 1992, and his long-term involvement was instrumental in helping the society grow into an influential professional development and advocacy organization for healthcare IT.

“It is encouraging and professionally rewarding to have been part of CHIME at its inception and to be distinguished now at CHIME’s 20th anniversary meeting.” Glaser said, “The mission of CHIME was always based on the professional development of the CIO and the healthcare IT leadership and leveraging that leadership to improve healthcare through the use of IT. Today’s CIO now faces the increasing complexity of using healthcare IT to address the challenges associated with payment reform initiatives, such as shared savings and bundled payments. The revenue that organizations receive will be increasingly based on the organization’s clinical and operational performance. Now more than ever CIOs will need to be leaders in the adoption of technologies such as electronic health records, analytics and health information exchange to help address these challenges.”

Over the past three decades, Glaser has demonstrated exemplary service to the healthcare industry. He has been affiliated with more than 70 industry associations, committees and workgroups. His professional activities span the gamut from serving as an adjunct professor at several universities to being named Senior Advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in 2009.

“There are few individuals who have had as deep and lasting an impact on our industry as John,” said Indranil “Neal” Ganguly, vice president and CIO at CentraState Healthcare System. “His incredible commitment to the professional development of the industry includes many key service roles. In addition to these, he has always found time to communicate with his colleagues in the industry. Few, if any, have given so much of themselves to one industry.”

Throughout the course of his career, Glaser has held numerous industry leadership roles such as president of the HIMSS Board of Directors, founding board member of the National eHealth Collaborative, and board member of the American Medical Informatics Association. He has published more than 200 articles and authored, or contributed to, several books on the strategic application of IT in healthcare. The industry has recognized Glaser’s past efforts through the creation of CHIME’s John P. Glaser Scholarship, by naming him the HIMSS John E. Gall Healthcare CIO of the Year in 1994 and through other recognitions.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 80 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About the CHIME Foundation
The CHIME Foundation is a separate non-profit organization comprised of select healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms established to support the educational initiatives of the CHIME organization. The CHIME Foundation serves to educate its member organizations, enabling them to better address the needs of CIOs and the healthcare industry.


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