The American Hospital Association has brought in an experienced hand to help get a grip on information sources dispersed across the country.
Kenneth Seymens will oversee and upgrade the association's internal information systems as vice president of information and technology and chief information officer. The newly created position is based in Chicago.
The AHA wants to use the Internet, private intranet technology and data-tracking systems to better exchange information among its Chicago and Washington offices, its regional outposts and state hospital associations, said Richard Wade, senior vice president for communications.
In creating the position, the association wanted to centralize the scattered sources of information under the direction of one person, Wade said, adding that the search took more than a year.
Seymens has 17 years of experience in computer and software technology and market and partnership development. Most recently he was chief technologist and founder of JustUs Communications, a medical and public health technology consulting firm.
Before that, he worked at Apple Computer directing partnerships with academic health centers, healthcare technologists and medical standards organizations.
Among the projects envisioned at AHA is a system to keep current member data on such details as market changes, hospital size and grass-roots activities, Wade said.
The database could provide "a real good picture of what that member's world is like" when the association comes calling, he said.