by JoAnn W. Klinedinst, M.Ed., CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, vice president, professional development, HIMSS North America
New this year, HIMSS is pleased to announce a new award entitled, “The HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards.” The award program recognizes influential women at all stages of their health IT careers. It celebrates those female visionaries who demonstrate ways to harness the power of IT to transform health and healthcare.
The response of nominations across all facets of health IT and beyond was both commendable and praiseworthy. HIMSS received upwards of 175 nominations from all types of settings:
We welcomed nominations across administrative, financial and clinical aspects of health IT, including those from the C-Suite (CEOs, COOs, CMO, Chief Portfolio Officers, CMIOs, and CNIOs); policy makers, clinicians (physicians, nurses, medical informaticists, and pharmacists); vice presidents, directors, project managers, students, and others.
The intent of the award is to demonstrate ongoing commitment to harnessing the power of IT to positively transform health and healthcare; demonstrate active leadership of the effective use of IT in support of strategic initiatives; drive innovative, out-of-the-box thinking about health IT by an entity, community or population; and represent the highest standards of leadership. Awardees must be respected and recognized as role models to peers and the field.
To be nominated, HIMSS required an application describing why the nominee would be worthy of the award, along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation.
The applications were truly amazing! Characteristics of nominees included:
Award winners will be announced in late December 2016. And follow #womeninHIT for ongoing updates and information on the awards and women leaders in our field.
Both HIMSS EVP Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, and I wish to thank our esteemed judges of HIMSS’s 2016 Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards:
Please join us on Monday, February 20, as we celebrate the most influential women in health IT. Our event is being held in Orlando in conjunction with HIMSS17, and you are welcome to register for the dinner from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. We’d love to see you!