Dossia Consortium Advances Initiatives and Appoints New Director

Leading patient data advocacy group pushes forward with agenda and names new VP and Executive Director of Consortium

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Dossia Consortium, a not-for-profit organization comprised of leading US employers dedicated to the development of public policy that promotes employee health and wellness and to improving health care delivery in the United States, today announced the appointment of Jim Hansen to the position of Vice President and Executive Director of the Dossia Consortium. Mr. Hansen joins the Dossia Consortium from CareEntrust, a not-for-profit employer-sponsored health information exchange.

“The mission of the Dossia Consortium is to serve as an advocate for patient access to health care data. Without better access to and control over health information, individuals will not be able to take true control over their health and be an engaged partner with their physician,” said Mr. Hansen. “By collaborating, the members of the Dossia Consortium are in a position to use their leverage to positively influence public policy in favor of their employees, dependents and retirees. I’m very pleased to be able to offer my expertise to these initiatives and help drive these efforts to favorably affect the state of US health care.”

The Dossia Consortium was created in 2006, and is comprised of leading US employers, including AT&T, Applied Materials, BP America, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, sanofi-aventis, Abraxis Bioscience, Vanguard Health Systems and Walmart. The mission of the Consortium is to create greater awareness around the importance of employee health and wellness programs, and to help create the Dossia Personal Health Platform system. The Dossia Platform serves to more efficiently deliver employee health and wellness solutions, and increase their efficacy by combining these solutions with employee personal health data through a private and secure personal health record. By arming employees with access to and control over their information, employees are better able to make informed decisions, as well as navigate the health care system.

“We are very pleased to have Jim Hansen on board as Executive Director and Vice President of the Dossia Consortium,” said Colin Evans, Dossia CEO. “Now is the time that employers need to take an active role in promoting employee health and wellness. True health reform can only be achieved through these means. Jim will be able to make a significant contribution to the Consortium’s mission of bringing about a meaningful positive impact on US health care policy.”

In the first quarter of 2010, Dossia announced that nearly half of the Consortium members, including Walmart, Intel, Pitney Bowes and Vanguard Health Systems, had offered the Dossia Personal Health Record to their employees. Dossia also expects the remaining members to begin to offer Dossia to their employees before the end of 2010.

About Dossia

Dossia is a non-profit organization consisting of several large U.S. employers who have united under a common vision: to empower their employees to make smarter more informed decisions about their health care. Through Dossia, they will leverage their combined influence to break down barriers to health information, which will help drive consumer-initiated change. The Dossia Founders group includes AT&T, Applied Materials, BP America, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, sanofi-aventis, Abraxis Bioscience, Vanguard Health Systems and Walmart. For more information, visit


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