Dana Alexander Named 2016 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award Winner

With experience as both a nurse and business leader, Dana Alexander strives to transform patient care and healthcare policy with the best use of health IT

Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, FHIMSS, has been named the recipient of the 2016 HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, a joint award sponsored by Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) and HIMSS. The boards of directors of both organizations selected the recipient.              

Alexander is a recognized industry thought leader, with concentrated expertise in population health, accountable care, strategic planning, and clinical transformation. Her expertise in value based-care, population health and analytics and patient engagement helps create solutions that improve health outcomes and clinical efficiencies.

“While Dana’s background is founded in nursing, she works collaboratively with inter-professional colleagues to advance the healthcare transformation enabled by health IT. In the nursing informatics community, she has been a thought leader in working with three partner groups - the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative and the National Quality Forum (NQF) quality measure work,” said Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, chief nursing officer, IBM Global Healthcare. “She is an exemplary clinical leader and strategic thinker, and consistently serves as a positive advocate and role model for HIMSS and ANI endeavors.” 

She has consistently contributed to nursing and healthcare through previous leadership roles as an advanced practice nurse, CNO and CEO, with responsibilities spanning the care continuum. For more than 15 years, she has held roles in advising how technology can transform healthcare through innovation and other enabling technologies.

“As immediate past chair of the North America HIMSS Board of Directors, Dana has served to ensure the continued dedication to HIMSS’s mission to improve health through the best use of technology,” said Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president, informatics, HIMSS. “In her tenure as chair, she demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and consistently emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving common goals. Today, Dana serves as a great role model for HIMSS nursing community.”

Dana has a solid history as a respected clinician leader and patient advocate. She is an accomplished speaker and author, and willingly provides her expertise to advance policy, patient safety and quality to improve health and healthcare.                                                                                                                                    
As executive director, health advisory, Ernst &Young, LLP (EY), Alexander works collaboratively with a wide range of organizations, from governmental departments of health and public sector service providers and payers, to health insurers and private sector providers. to create sustainable health care systems that deliver high quality care while being efficient and cost-effective. In this role, she brings together professionals from multiple sectors — health, life sciences, technology, telecommunications, consumer products and more to develop cross-sector perspectives and solutions for transformation and new business models.

Prior to joining EY, Alexander served as vice president, clinical advisory at Divurgent LLC. Alexander also served as the vice president of integrated care delivery and chief nursing officer at Caradigm (GE Healthcare & Microsoft Joint Venture), as well as vice president and chief nursing officer for GE Healthcare. She is an active and past participant in government and industry initiatives.

Alexander will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Tickets for the HIMSS17 Awards Banquet are available on the HIMSS17 registration page or call 1.866.710.0769 for more information. 

Learn more about HIMSS17 and the Nursing Informatics Symposium.

About HIMSS North America 

HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 64,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & ExhibitionNational Health IT WeekHIMSS Innovation CenterHIMSS Interoperability Showcases™HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 64,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 450 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

About ANI

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), cosponsored by AMIA & HIMSS, advances nursing informatics leadership, practice, education, policy and research through a unified voice of nursing informatics organizations. We transform health and healthcare through nursing informatics and innovation. ANI is a collaboration of organizations that represents more than 5,000 nurse informaticists and brings together more than 30 distinct nursing informatics groups globally. ANI crosses academia, practice, industry, and nursing specialty boundaries and works in collaboration with the more than 4 million nurses in practice today.

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