Recipients of HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award Announced

Dec. 28, 2016
The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced last week the recipients of the inaugural HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award.

The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced last week the recipients of the inaugural HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award.

The HIMSS Award recipients are:

Shareefa Al Abulmonem, head of eServices, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia

Marion J. Ball, senior advisor, IBM-Center for Computational Health

Rachelle Blake, CEO and managing director, Omni Med Solutions, Germany

Christina Caraballo, senior healthcare strategist, Get Real Health

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., acting assistant secretary of health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Karen Guice, M.D., acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Lisa Stump, chief information officer, Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine

HIMSS will honor the recipients of the Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards at HIMSS 17 on Monday, Feb. 20.

“Women have been making a difference in health IT for decades, but their accomplishments and contributions are not often visible to all of us. Recognizing these seven recipients of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award changes that scenario,” Carla Smith, HIMSS executive vice president, said in a statement.

“Each of these women has demonstrated transformational influence in the health sector. They are at various stages of their careers, which was a defining philosophy of our Awards program—that a woman at any stage of her career can be influential and positively change health and healthcare in meaningful ways,” Smith said. “The stories and accomplishments are inspiring; one Awardee has positively impacted the lives of millions of citizens, while another has shaped the entire trajectory of the health IT sector. And, we have recipients who have used IT in health settings to utterly transform the ability of a region’s population to remain well, and to receive optimal care when needed.”

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