Former U.S. Air Force Surgeon General George Peach Taylor Jr., M.D., an architect of the medical recommendations for the Base Realignment and Closure commission, was named vice president for health information technology at McLean, Va.-based Northrop Grumman Corp. Taylor, 55, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who most recently was a senior managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will oversee Northrop Grummans overall health business under its Health and Human Services division, including its health IT products. Northrop Grumman, a giant government contractor with more than 120,000 employees, designed an electronic health-record system that counts more than 7 million users, including 7,000 physicians and 81 facilities. The company also developed a national health information exchange and is the contractor for the only civilian version of that system in the U.S., according to its Web site. Additionally, Northrop Grumman works with virtually every federal agency, including the Veterans Affairs Department, HHS, the National Institutes of Health and the CMS. In a news release Hugh Taylor, interim president for Northrop Grumman IT's Civilian Agency group and no relation to the new hire, lauded the general's strengths in planning and medical innovation, adding that the position would help the company "build on its standing as a recognized leader in health IT."
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