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John Glaser VP and CIO of Partners Healthcare Leaving - New Job: CEO Siemens Health Services Business Unit

Posted Jun 25 2010 2:02pm

It sounds like Dr. Blumenthal might be looking for a new adviser soon, although there’s some time here as he doesn’t begin until August, but who knows a nice long image vacation might be in order too but he won’t be that far away with going to Siemens. 

Back in 2008 Siemens did some major reorganizing and laid off around 16,000 people worldwide after the CEO of the healthcare sector resigned.  The company realigned and somewhat reinvented a lot of what they do and earlier this year the announcement was made with Microsoft to bring HealthVault to Germany.  We could possibly be seeing some involvement in this area of Health IT since we are talking medical records and Health IT. 

“In Siemens IT Solutions and Services, we have found a reliable and competent partner with whom we can jointly bring innovative solutions to the German healthcare system. With HealthVault, we provide citizens with a platform that allows them to better manage their health and the health of their families, and facilitates their communication with providers,” said Angelika Gifford, Senior Director, Public Sector and Member of Management at Microsoft Germany.

I would also be guessing a substantial raise in income would also be a big motivating factor here too.  BD 

Press Release:

ALVERN, 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.

"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: www.siemens.com/healthcare .

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