Pleasanton Weekly

- August 26, 2011

Pleasanton director of Kaiser Permanente I.T. chosen for national fellowship

Ann O'Brien helped develop KP HealthConnect electronic health record system

by Jeb Bing

Kaiser Permanente's national director of clinical informatics, patient care services and information technology in Pleasanton has been named one of just 21 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows for 2011, it was announced this week.

Ann O'Brien, R.N., joins a select group of nurse leaders from across the country chosen to participate in this world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders' effectiveness in improving the country's health care system.

In her work with Kaiser Permanente, O'Brien has been a member of the team responsible for the deployment of KP HealthConnect, which Kaiser said is the largest private electronic health record system in the world. Since joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006, she has been a leader in the organization's efforts to optimize electronic nursing documentation and barcode medication administration across its system.

O'Brien has more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions in nursing. Her work with the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program will focus on the use of electronic health records to transform care delivery by nurses in hospital settings.

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