If the move toward digitizing the health system has been characterized by fits and starts, Kaiser Permanente’s multiyear, multibillion dollar effort to create an enterprise electronic records system is nothing if not persistent.

During a session at HIMSS12, Kaiser Permanente SVP and CIO Phil Fasano said that with $4 billion spent thus far on the project, the gravity of the undertaking is evident. “Our CEO bet the company on EHRs,” he said. “This is a life-critical system that required a whole other level of attention from our IT organization." 

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