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

During a session at HIMSS12, Kaiser Permanente Senior Vice President and CIO Phil Fasano said 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 I.T. organization.”

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