Champions of Health Defined in 280 Characters or Less

We asked champions of health and HIMSS19 speakers to define what it means to be a champion of health. Here's what they had to say – in 280 characters or less!

A champion of health fights for the right care, for the right patient at the right time, every time. Champions of health also own the responsibility of contributing to improving healthcare delivery, experience and cost for all patients.

Hiloni Bhavsar, MD, associate director, Rochester Regional Health; a HIMSS19 speaker

A champion of health exemplifies healthy behaviors and helps enable them in others. Through innovation, champions help make an expensive and complex healthcare system more affordable and easier to navigate. They use their time and talent to make people’s lives better.

Kevin Charest, PhD, divisional senior vice president and chief information and security officer, Health Care Service Corporation; a HIMSS19 speaker

You are the owner of your body. You know your body system very well and can monitor them in real time. You can find right way to activate your immune system to swallow any diseases impacting your body functions.

You Chen, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; a HIMSS19 speaker

Healthcare IT Champions are those individuals who never forget the reason why healthcare organizations exist – to serve all of the people in their communities. Healthcare IT Champions create and deliver information and management systems to improve the quality of life for all.

Larry Dux, BSIE, MBA, CPHIMS, LFHIMSS, DSHS, director, Patient Care Informatics and Process Improvement, Froedtert Health Community Hospital Division; a HIMSS19 speaker

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A champion of health uses every opportunity to improve health of people by using expertise in the subject matter and solid evidences of improvement, confirmed by statistically significant data.

Alexander Elbert, PhD, PMP, senior director, Patient Registry Program, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; a HIMSS19 speaker

A champion of health has a clear focus and passion for the total wellness of every human being and advocates for effective vehicles to elicit engagement of each individual to live their healthiest, happiest and fullest life.

Christopher Hutchins, associate vice president, Healthcare Analytics, Northwell Health; a HIMSS19 speaker

A champion of health is a person who can define a series of sequential challenges, has the experience and wisdom to develop solutions, and develops within their network a shared vision of how the system could alternatively function.

Mahmoud Khalifa, MD, PhD, medical director, Anatomic Pathology, University of Minnesota; a HIMSS19 speaker

A champion of health embraces empathy for the people we serve to develop, implement and sustain workplace practices that promote the best care we can provide. The health and safety of our patients as well as the women and men who serve and care for them is our foremost concern.

Edward Klatt, MD, professor, Mercer University; a HIMSS19 speaker

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A champion of health sees the beauty in disruptive change and the potential to rise from the ashes. They have the vision to understand a discrepancy between what exists and what can be and they communicate that vision to inspire action.

Yaa Kumah-Crystal, MD, MPH, MS, assistant professor, Biomedical Informatics and Pediatric Endocrinology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; HIMSS19 speaker

Being a champion of health means always keeping the interests – and capabilities – of consumers and patients at heart. Health and healthcare are first and foremost about the wellbeing of individuals.

Lygeia Ricciardi, EdM, chief transformation officer, Carium; a HIMSS champion of health and social media ambassador

A champion of health is a voice for those unable to speak, a guardian for those too fragile to engage and a steward of resources intended to serve all.

Paula Scariati, DO, MPH, MS, medical director, Health Informatics, Dignity Health; a HIMSS19 speaker

We must always remember that data represents real people, just like ourselves and our loved ones, and that measures are indicators of quality of life for those people. True champions of health use data and analytics to understand those people and positively impact their lives.

Debra Simmons, MSN, RN, executive director and project director, Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control; HIMSS19 speaker

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One can claim to be a champion of healthcare, but if they are not committed to their 0900 telemedicine, when it’s 0905, because they understand the team is working to restore connectivity and the patient can’t make the drive to be seen in person, they’re not a true champion.

Morgan Waller, MBA, BAPsy, BSN, RN, director of Telemedicine, Children’s Mercy Kansas City; HIMSS19 speaker

Driven to ensure population health is top of mind politically and socially. Equally, pressing for healthcare coverage for all so that the diversity, creativity and intelligence of all people can be realized thereby bettering the human condition.

Joyce Zerkich, PMP, CPHIMS, MBA, MSBIT, ACC, program/project management, Insurance and Risk Management Services, Trinity Health; a HIMSS19 speaker

The views and opinions expressed in this blog or by commenters are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HIMSS or its affiliates.


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Originally published January 14, 2019