Kaiser Permanente was founded in 1945, and today, it’s one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving more than 8.8 million members. Its headquarters is in Oakland, Calif., and it comprises Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and The Permanente Medical Groups.
Henry J. Kaiser founded Kaiser Permanente. The organization provides care throughout eight regions in the US. Two or three distinct but interdependent legal entities form the Kaiser system within each region. Kaiser Permanente physicians and leaders adopted this structure in 1955. In 2002, the organization selected Epic Systems as the primary vendor for its own clinical information system. Named HealthConnect, the project was unprecedented for a civilian system in size and scope. It was deployed across all eight Kaiser regions over six years and at a cost of more than $6 billion. It is currently the largest civilian electronic medical record system.