HIMSS honors health IT leaders at policy summit

June 25, 2010

Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2010) – Recognizing outstanding contributions to advance healthcare information technology in the country, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) this week honored six outstanding leaders at the state and federal levels who are taking the lead in establishing new initiatives, programs and projects that foster the use of health IT in both government and private industry. HIMSS announced the honorees during its ninth annual policy summit, June 16-17 in Washington, D.C.

Those receiving the 2010 awards are:

  • HIMSS Lifetime Health IT Leadership award – Representative Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island
  • HIMSS Federal Policy Leadership Award – Dr. Garth Graham, deputy assistant secretary of HHS for minority health 
  • HIMSS Federal Policy Leadership Award – Tony Trenkle, director for e-health standards and services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 
  • HIMSS State Legislator of the Year Award – Julie Hamos, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (former state representative)
  • HIMSS State Official of the Year Award – William J. O’Byrne, JD, executive director of the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC)
  • HIMSS State of the Year Award – State of Oregon

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