Burlington, VT (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), an independent non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with health information technology, announced the appointment of Ron Keen to the company’s Board of Directors.
Keen is Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of PureWellness, the leading Enterprise Health & Wellness Solution. Prior to founding PureWellness, Keen served as Vice President of Software Development of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. He pioneered the development of unprecedented Electronic Health Record features such as the “Universal Application Integrator,” a software suite that generated an ecosystem of compatible medical devices and applications. Previously, Keen was a technical architect at GE’s HealthCare division developing radiology and imaging solutions. He also worked on standards committees and was one of the original founding members of the Integrating HealthCare Enterprise (IHE).
“We are extremely excited to bring such a healthcare technology pioneer to our board of directors,” said VITL President and CEO, David Cochran, MD. “His passion for innovating new means of preventive engagement and inspiring the adoption of healthier lifestyles is invaluable, and aligns perfectly with the goals of our organization.”
VITL began as a project of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and was spun off as a separate entity in July 2005. The company’s mission is to collaborate with all stakeholders to expand the use of secure health information technology to improve the quality and efficiency of Vermont’s health care system. To date, more than 85 percent of Vermont’s primary care providers are now working with VITL to either install an EHR or further improve patient care. They’ve been designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a regional extension center for health information technology, the only such center serving Vermont.
“They’re transforming the health care system to make health information secure and readily available when people need it,” Keen said. “I look forward to working with VITL and helping to continue its vision and success.”
VITL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology to improve patient care. VITL began as a project of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and was spun off as a separate entity in July 2005. VITL has built a broad group of stakeholders, including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. The diversity of its stakeholders is reflected in the makeup of VITL’s board of directors, which has representation from each major stakeholder group. Because VITL’s stakeholders come from both the private and public sectors, in essence VITL operates as a public-private partnership.
PureWellness delivers a comprehensive NCQA-certified, scalable, online wellness solution to thousands of customers nationwide. The PureWellness Enterprise Health & Wellness Solution allows for efficient administration and management of all wellness initiatives within each organization. The platform boasts customizable, flexible solutions for health plans, health systems and employers, including an online Health Assessment (HA), patient education resources, wellness workshops, team challenges, incentive programs, data integration, mobile applications and a full reporting suite.