CGI Announces Hiring of Former HHS Executive Dr. John Loonsk
CGI Federal, Inc., a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., (NYSE: GIB; TSX: GIB.A) announced today that it has hired former Health and Human Services executive and national expert Dr. John Loonsk as Vice-President to lead its healthcare strategy direction as the company expands its rapidly growing healthcare practice.
As Director for Interoperability and Standards within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since 2005, Dr. Loonsk worked with leadership across both the government and commercial healthcare sectors to help create a standards-based, deployable healthcare IT strategy. Prior to HHS, Dr. Loonsk served as the Associate Director for Informatics and Director of the Information Resources Management office for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Dr. Loonsk has been at the forefront of innovation in healthcare and information technology," said Cheryl Campbell, Vice-President, National Health Industry, CGI. "Dr. Loonsk's strong background and invaluable experience will help CGI clients make the best use of new technologies for improved healthcare delivery to citizens."
As federal agencies, states and localities gear up to utilize funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, healthcare IT will figure prominently with more than US$20 billion set aside to expand health information exchanges, electronic health records and other projects.
CGI is a leading healthcare systems integrator experienced in working with complex, large-scale multi-stakeholder health information projects. With a practice spanning all levels of government as well as commercial payers and providers, CGI's healthcare solutions improve access to more accurate information so physicians, patients, and administrators can make better, more informed healthcare decisions.
About CGI Federal
CGI Federal (www.cgi.com/usfederal) is a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., dedicated to providing effective IT solutions for federal government agencies by combining over 30 years of government experience and technology skills. Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $4.0 billion and at December 31, 2008, CGI's order backlog was $11.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
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