Alegent Health Executive Wins National Innovation Award
Release Date: 01/18/2008

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OMAHA, Neb.—Alegent Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Ken Lawonn is one of America’s top Innovators according to Healthcare Informatics (HCI) Magazine. Lawonn was one of nine recipients across the country and the only one in the Midwest to receive the 2008 Innovator Award, which receives hundred of nominations each year.

Nominees are judged on how instrumental they are in implementing better patient care practices at their respective institutions. The HCI editor says he was impressed by Lawonn’s role in keeping Alegent Health on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest industry trends. Lawonn’s risk-taking ability to achieve innovative clinical information systems and his fearless efforts both have helped lead Alegent Health towards a higher level of quality and transparency.

“I’m proud of Alegent Health’s strides in quality, safety and cost transparency initiatives and my role in making that happen,” said Lawonn. “I’d say that you have to be willing to be bold and take a lead, but also willing to realize that technology often has to be an enabler in the background, to support the culture of an operation.”

During his six years as CIO at Alegent Health, Lawonn and his IT team have been working to make clinical information available on computers across our entire system. Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital opened in 2004 and was the first in the system to be completely wireless with an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Since then, each campus and clinic location have been working to go paperless and implement leading-edge technology which allow caregivers to deliver the highest quality of care safely and efficiently.

Ken was also recognized for Alegent Health’s leadership in information technology innovation throughout the health care industry. In 2007, Alegent Health launched My Cost, an online tool that puts cost information for a large variety of tests and procedures right at consumers’ fingertips. By entering basic information, patients can, with the click of a mouse, find out the actual cost of a procedure for their specific health plan as well as their individual out-of-pocket cost.