From outstanding service to demonstrated leadership in health information and technology, HIMSS honors members whose courage, curiosity and determination are helping transform the global health ecosystem. Congratulations to all of our award recipients.
HIMSS recognizes the achievements of all 57 chapters and 820 chapter leaders whose hard work and dedication produced over 370 events and 1,125 hours of education for members in FY19.
Our local volunteers, who have an immense passion for health information and technology, lead the chapters of HIMSS with more than 72,000 engaged members. Chapters offer education, events, networking, advocacy, certification preparation, career advancement, scholarships, volunteer opportunities and much more that are relevant on both a local and global scale.
Each year, the award recipient selection process is led by peer volunteers from our knowledgeable and experienced Chapters Task Force and Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Leaders. Although the awardee selection is tough, the criteria is fully transparent so that we can recognize awardees based on contributions and hard work throughout the year.
HIMSS is proud to announce this year’s award recipients for the following categories:
The Chapter of the Year Award is designed to recognize chapters who have strongly impacted their geographical region in a meaningful way through health information and technology centered events, education, initiatives, collaboration and advocacy. The Chapters of the Year offer outstanding value to members; engage the full membership, making all feel welcomed; and have seamless processes for board management and succession planning.
The Montana Chapter received a Chapter Advocacy Challenge award from the HIMSS Government Relations Team and through the award, supported the kick-off event of the state HIE. The chapter established an education committee to identify topics and speakers for educational events, review speaker applications, and plan upcoming webinars and in person events. The Montana Chapter had growth in both number of members and in sponsorships to support educational events for members.
The South Florida Chapter has a very strong Advocacy Committee, winning two of the HIMSS Advocacy Challenges and reaching Advocacy Presidential Level recognition for three years in a row. Outside of advocacy, the chapter had success in many areas including increased volunteer and member engagement, social media growth, expansion of the chapter’s committee structure to an education committee, utilization of new tools such as FaceTime Live, and hosting 12 successful events (10 of which were face-to-face). The South Florida Chapter supports workforce development by offering professional resume services to student event attendees and donates to the HIMSS student scholarship award.
In FY19, the New England Chapter hosted 12 events spanning across the chapter’s territory. Events were planned through utilizing data, such as member location and topical surveys, to best meet members’ needs. The chapter actively seeks new members and volunteers through outreach and invitations to participate at events. The chapter board implemented a new process to engage members and attendees to ensure they are welcome at events. The process was a huge success that created a welcoming environment and led to volunteer growth for the chapter.
The Chapter Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, extraordinary contributions to HIMSS Chapters, and the society, and a commitment to the health information and technology industry. The goal of this award is to highlight exemplary chapter leaders and recognize their hard work driving thought leadership within the health and technology industries in their geographical area, and their dedication to the chapter program as a whole.
Pua Cooper has served as Advocacy Chair, President-Elect, President, and (currently) Past President during her membership in the HIMSS South Florida Chapter since 2012. Additionally, in June 2019 Pua was selected to serve on the HIMSS Chapters Task Force where she assists HIMSS in achieving specific Chapter-related goals and provides additional training and guidance to chapter leaders. In her presidency, Pua’s involvement included co-authoring Senate Resolution SR 1814 recognizing “Health Information Technology Week” in Florida, which passed in April 2019. Pua collaborated with other board members to win the Advocacy Challenge by summarizing the chapter’s actions; initiated an annual half-day in-person board planning session, which now serves as an orientation to new board members, promotes a smoother board transition, allows a review of the chapter’s successes, and formalized the new annual goals; helped create and customize chapter-specific job descriptions to help with role clarity, the election process, & with the onboarding of new board members; added two communication co-chairs who increased a robust social media presence and published quarterly newsletters; created numerous new programs: drafted a formal organizational chart outlining all board members & active committee members; and engaged chapter member involvement with annual surveys, implementing suggested lunch and learn series which helped increase attendance.
Chapter Advocates are Chapter Leaders who strive to influence public policy at the state and local levels through grassroots advocacy. The Chapter Advocate of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates significant leadership within their chapter and makes extraordinary contributions in influencing public policy.
Kendall Brown has served three terms as Chapter Advocate and has been a South Florida HIMSS board member for the last five years. In this time, she has put the chapter’s advocacy program on the national map. Under her leadership, the Chapter has been awarded the Presidential Seal for Advocacy for 2017, 2018, and 2019. Kendall has taken advocacy from being an unknown entity in the South Florida Chapter to being at the forefront of every chapter event. She is exceptional at building sustainable relationships with key stakeholders in the legislature, including a health IT champion, State Senator Gayle Harrell, which is vital to moving initiatives forward. As one example of her dedication and achievements, Kendall has executed three Annual Health IT Days at Florida’s Capitol to raise awareness of the importance of both HIMSS and health IT with elected officials. Finally, Kendall is always willing to share her experiences and lessons learned with other Chapter Advocates through the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable.
HIMSS submitted a request for nomination to all Chapter Leaders. The nomination form requested information on Chapter Advocate’s achievements and leadership in relation to advocacy. The Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Chair and Vice Chairs voted on the nominees.
The HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards recognize influential women at all stages of their career progressions. These awards celebrate individuals who harness the power of information and technology to transform health and healthcare, they are unique among power lists and award programs, and they are inclusive of all women of influence, no matter where they may be in the health information and technology field. This year’s awardees include:
Iris P. Frye, MS, MBA, CPHIMS, is the Founder and Chief Innovator at Parity Health Information and Technology LLC. She uses her healthcare, consulting, operations and administrative background of more than 20 years to provide clinicians end-to-end innovative technological solutions and patient-driven care solutions to improve processes across the continuum of care. She works to achieve higher productivity, connected care and better patient outcomes. Frye has spearheaded and implemented multiple initiatives to achieve health equity among at-risk populations through the innovative use of data, provider engagement and conceptual frameworks. She has played an instrumental role in ensuring the health information technology industry’s top priority is decreasing health disparities in communities by utilizing health technologies to transform health and healthcare. Frye is a member of the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable. She is also the co-founder and past chair of the retired HIMSS African-American SIG. Frye is an active participant in the new HIMSS Global Health Equity Network.
Kim Garriott has focused her career of more than 20 years on improving health outcomes and patient access through better data management and interoperability, specializing in clinical imaging data. As a Principal Consultant with KSM Consulting, Garriott serves as project executive for the development of a first-of-its-kind enterprise data sharing platform, governance model and activation strategy for the 29 agencies and offices within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Garriott is co-founder and current co-chair of the HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Community, a joint effort between HIMSS and the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine. Garriott also served as chair for the HIMSS Analytics Digital Imaging Adoption Model Global Development team. A popular speaker, Garriott presents on diverse topics including artificial intelligence, interoperability, telehealth and enterprise imaging. She seeks to help young women working in health IT hone skills for career advancement. She is also a member of Executive Women in Healthcare.
Lucienne Ide, MD, PhD, is the founder and chief health innovator at Rimidi, where she established Rimidi’s foundational strategic partnerships with pharmaceutical, medical device and electronic medical record companies. She continues to drive Rimidi’s vision with the latest clinical and technical standards. Dr. Ide has a unique combination of experience in medicine, science, government, technology and venture capital. She started Rimidi with a vision of using better data and technology to drive efficiencies in the clinical workflow and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Ide is a member of HIMSS and the Georgia chapter, an active member of the HL7 FHIR community, and a founding and steering committee member of the Connected Health Initiative, which advocates for healthcare policy reform. She’s a mentor to women and underrepresented minorities in Atlanta.
Eva Karp, DHA, MBA, RN-BC, FACHE, serves as senior vice president and chief clinical and patient safety officer at Cerner, where she leads a team that supports healthcare organizations around the world to effectively leverage IT to optimize clinical workflows and achieve increased patient safety. Since joining Cerner in 2001, Dr. Karp has led several initiatives to advance patient safety and clinician efficiency. Most recently, Dr. Karp and her team led an effort to define the Essential Clinical Dataset for nursing documentation for the physical assessment and patient history. The goal of this initiative was to reduce unnecessary documentation to give nurses more time to focus on patient care. Dr. Karp serves as co-chair of the HIMSS EHR Association Patient Safety Workgroup. She is a member of the HIMSS user experience and EHR privacy and security workgroups and a global conference presentation reviewer.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Geeta Nayyar is a nationally recognized leader in health information technology, bringing the physician’s perspective to Greenway’s services and solutions. Before joining Greenway, she was chief healthcare and innovation officer at Femwell Group Health, Inc. During her tenure, Dr. Nayyar was instrumental in creating and launching innovations around physician and patient engagement technologies. She was also the host and creator of ToplineMD TV, a digital medical news channel catering to South Florida consumers. Dr. Nayyar is a rheumatologist, and she maintains faculty affiliation with the University of Miami. She is the author of the mobile health chapter in the HIMSS Medical Informatics textbook and is a five-time HIMSS Digital Influencer. She previously served as an advisory member to the HIMSS Board of Directors and has served on the Public Policy and Physician Committees. She is a noted social media expert and blogger for Thrive Global.
Tressa Springmann is senior vice president and chief information officer for LifeBridge Health, a non-profit health system based in Maryland. With nearly 13,000 employees, five hospitals and more than 100 locations, LifeBridge Health is one of largest and most comprehensive providers of health services in the region. Springmann is chairman of the technology committee for CRISP, Maryland’s State Health Information Exchange, and a member of the Premier Member Technology Committee. She is also currently on The Healthcare Management Program Advisory Board for Towson University and is an adjunct professor at Mount St Mary’s University, previously teaching Healthcare Information Technology as part of their Masters in Healthcare Administration program. Springmann has been on the program planning committee for multiple CHIME forums and is currently faculty for their CIO Boot Camp and a speaker for recent CPES events. In 2019, she attained fellow status and remains active in a variety of committee work.
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The ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award recognizes leadership in promoting and implementing synergies between the clinical engineering and health information and technology professions.
Ken Fuchs, MBA, MEng
The CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award recognizes a CIO who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant leadership, success and achievement in the health information and technology industry. The recipient is selected jointly by the Board of Directors of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and HIMSS.
Marc Probst, CHCIO, FHIMSS
The HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader of the Year Award recognizes a physician executive who demonstrates significant leadership in optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information and technology. The recipient is selected jointly by the Board of Directors of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems and HIMSS.
Steven Lane, MD, MPH, FAAFP
The HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award recognizes a nursing informaticist who demonstrates significant leadership contributions by optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information and technology. It is given to an individual in a provider, supplier, academic organization or professional society. The recipient is selected jointly by the HIMSS North America Board of Directors and the Governing Directors of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics.
Gregory Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
The HIMSS John A. Page Distinguished Fellows Service Award recognizes commendable and long-standing contributions to the society made by a Fellow Member for a single exceptional contribution, a sustained contribution or a lifetime of exceptional service.
Mac McMillan, FHIMSS, LFCHIME, CEO Emeritus
The HIMSS Early Careerists Award honors the achievements of members within the society who have five years or less work experience in health information and technology, and who are making significant contributions to their professions and the community.
Cory Stephens, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, SHIMSS
The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award recognizes high-touch, high-tech care. Honoring the late Kate Granger, the award, originally established in the U.K., was created for individuals, teams and organizations demonstrating compassionate care.
Cara Martino, MSN, RN
As the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, the HIMSS Foundation promotes health information and technology education and issue awareness on global and national levels. Every year, the HIMSS Foundation grants scholarships to members who have demonstrated their commitment and potential to thrive as future leaders in our community. To support future HIMSS scholars, consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
With expertise spanning numerous aspects of the healthcare information and technology spectrum, HIMSS is proud to recognize these dedicated individuals who, through their pursuit of knowledge and focus on the future, each are making possible the transformation of health through information and technology.
Marylyn Renee Harris
The HIMSS student case competition, Defining the Future of Transformative Care Today, and supported by the HIMSS Foundation, provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience to apply to their emerging careers that isn’t always accessible in a typical classroom or lecture hall setting.
Heather Duran Martin, MSBA
Shafiqul Islam, MSMIS, PMP, CLSSGB
Carole Richardson, PharmD, BCPS
Noorein Ahmed, BS
Pragati Chaudhary, BS
Christian Tadje, BS, CHES