Alegent Health’s Sensor Invited to Voice Input on Future of Health Information Technology
Release Date: 01/26/2007

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National Governors Association Invites CEO Wayne Sensor to Serve on State Alliance for e-Health Initiative Omaha, Neb. — Alegent Health CEO Wayne A. Sensor has been invited by the National Governors Association (NGA) to serve as an advisory, non-voting member of the State Alliance for e-Health. The State Alliance will serve as the central voice for state-level issues in the Health IT arena and is made up of executive-level state elected and appointed officials who will collectively address the unique challenges and opportunities for states on the path towards interoperable electronic health information exchange. “This appointment allows Alegent Health an unprecedented opportunity to be a voice in the advancement and creation of a nationwide network for the exchange and sharing of health information, advancing patient safety and quality and fostering cost-effective care,” said Sensor. The NGA Center for Best Practices created the State Alliance in 2006 to improve the nation’s health care system through the formation of a collaborative body that enables states to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the health information technology (HIT) initiatives they develop. Through this initiative, stakeholders will work together to identify inter- and intrastate-based HIT policies and best practices and explore solutions to programmatic and legal issues related to the exchange of health information. Specifically the State Alliance will enable states to:
  • Identify, assess and map ways to resolve state-level health IT issues that affect multiple states and pose challenges to interoperable electronic health information exchange
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the health IT initiatives through collaboration
  • Resolve privacy and security issues surrounding the use and disclosure of electronic health information
  • Learn from and leverage national efforts and resources to achieve interoperable health information exchange
  • Alegent Health, through its partnership with Siemens Medical Solutions, has distinguished itself both locally and nationally as a leader in the integration of advanced technologies, including information, medical and diagnostic technology. This leadership has also been demonstrated through the recent unveiling of My Cost, a unique, patient-pending online tool that provides consumers with information on projected costs they will incur for nearly 500 common treatments and procedures, along with their out-of-pocket responsibility. Furthermore, Alegent Health has been a pioneer in the implementation of electronic medical records in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,200 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 8,500 employees. Alegent Health is making healthcare better with an exceptional commitment to quality and by providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person consistent with its faith-based mission. Alegent Health continues the health ministry begun by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, more than a hundred years ago. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation, home care and behavioral health.