* Jeffrey Otten, a former president of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the new CEO of Brisbane, Calif.-based Stentor, an Internet medical-image management company. Otten, 53, resigned as top executive of Brigham and Women's in November 2001 after eight years at the helm to pursue a new career in healthcare's private sector. In addition to founding his own consulting firm, he served as chairman of Ardais Corp., Lexington, Mass., a private company that collects and catalogs human tissue samples for genetic research.
"Throughout my career, I have been frustrated by the industry's inability to develop innovative technology to improve patient care and hospital efficiency," Otten says. Stentor, which markets a system for sending, receiving and storing diagnostic images over the Internet, "was born through technology innovation developed in a hospital setting," he adds.
Otten joined Brigham and Women's in 1993 as executive vice president and succeeded Richard Nesson as president when Nesson became the first CEO of Partners HealthCare System, the organization that resulted from the merger of Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
* Bruce Perry was recently named chairman of the National Permanente Federation Executive Committee of the Permanente Medical Group and will serve a two-year term. He succeeds Ron Copeland, who will remain on the five-member executive committee.
Perry was picked for the post by fellow members of the executive committee, whose members are drawn from the eight regional Permanente medical directors. He is medical director of Atlanta-based Permanente Medical Group of Georgia, which serves 270,000 plan members. Copeland, executive medical director for Ohio Permanente Medical Group, will remain on the five-member executive committee.
As chairman, Perry will help set the agenda for the executive committee and other national governing groups of the giant, not-for-profit Kaiser Permanente healthcare organization of 11,000 physicians who, together with a partnering health plan and chain of hospitals, serve 8.4 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia.
The National Permanente Federation develops policy and provides governance and oversight for the eight regional, independent Permanente medical groups.