Kaiser Permanente selects Prat Vemana as its first chief digital officer

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has appointed Prat Vemana chief digital officer, a newly created role, effective Aug. 12.

Mr. Vemana is currently chief product and experience officer at the Home Depot. He also has held leadership roles at Staples. He holds an MBA in global leadership and innovation from MIT's Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Mass.

Mr. Vemana will lead teams in the organization, providing a range of online and mobile interactions and digital experiences for patients and digital tools and processes for its workforce.

"We've made tremendous investments in building our digital platforms and creating greater access for our members. Now we are taking it to the next level by focusing on digital experiences that change the way transactions and services are delivered," said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. "Prat is the perfect choice to help lead and guide the future of our digital health and wellness ecosystem that will provide our members with meaningful experiences and empower them to live more healthy years."

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