Celebrating Female Visionaries with HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards

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:

  • providers,
  • consulting firms,
  • vendors,
  • government,
  • academia,
  • patient advocates, and
  • not-for-profit organizations. 

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:

  • influential policy makers;
  • those who established outreach programs for women in rural and underserved areas;
  • women who accepted the challenge and were successful at standardizing highly complex health IT implementations;
  • aspiring female executives who were universally respected for their leadership and collaborative approach;
  • unsung heroes in health IT;
  • wives and (single) mothers;
  • founders of non-profits and for-profits;
  • women who received numerous awards from organizations that span the globe;
  • those who have developed solutions that have impacted both the national and global landscape;
  • early careerists who continue to drive qualitative and quantitative benefits for health IT drives innovation;
  • those who embrace the underserved population to ensure the financial viability of the safety net providers in this community; and
  • women who are leaders in U.S. health systems collaborating to improve healthcare quality, outcomes, and cost of care in a sustainable manner and to serve as a model for healthcare reform.
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:

  • Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, FHIMSS, Executive Director, Health Advisory at Ernst & Young; FY16 Chairwoman of HIMSS’s North American Board of Directors
  • Diane M. Carr, MA, FHIMSS, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, North Bronx Healthcare Network
  • Molly Coye, MD, MPH, Executive in Residence, AVIA
  • Jennifer Dennard, Founder, #HealthITChicks
  • Adrienne Edens, MA, FCHIME, FHIMSS, Vice President, CHIME
  • Willa Fields, DNSc, RN, FHIMSS, Professor at San Diego State University, FY13 Chairwoman of the HIMSS Board of Directors
  • Denise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS, CEO of eHealth Services Group; FY18 Chairwoman of the HIMSS North America Board of Directors
  • Regina Holliday, Founder, The Walking Gallery

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!


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