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Award Category Women in Health IT: As Marshfield Clinic Health System’s chief information and digital officer, Jeri determines long-term information needs and develops the technology vision in providing services to the organization aligning with the System’s goals and strategic imperatives. She develops overall strategies for digital innovation, information technology, software development, and hardware acquisition and integration.
Award Category HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader: Dr. Kressly is board certified in pediatrics and clinical informatics. In 2011 she founded Kressly Pediatrics and pushed the technology envelope to provide family-centered care. She has worked in the HIT industry and served on multiple HIT working groups. Dr. Kressly is the co-founder of Shift, an independent healthcare task force for equitable interoperability. She is excited for the opportunity to serve as President of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2025.
Award Category Policy Influencer: Cátia Sousa Pinto is a Medical Doctor, specialist in Public Health. She served as Head of Department of epidemiology and public health surveillance at the Directorate-General of Health in Portugal, coordinating digital transformation of the country core public health surveillance systems for mortality and infectious diseases that later became cornerstones of national pandemic surveillance. Currently, she is responsible for coordinating SPMS's global digital health and MyHealth@eu services and is working to develop health information globally.
Award Category Chapter Leader Volunteer: Howard Rosen, a seasoned and internationally-recognized leader in digital health, successfully led the expansion of the HIMSS Ontario Chapter beyond the province of Ontario to include the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. As President of the Chapter, he recognized alignment in values and mission for members beyond the initial chapter territory and garnered support from diverse stakeholders, leading to HIMSS Eastern Canada Chapter's official approval in July 2023, now the largest HIMSS chapter representing a population of over 25 million across English and French-speaking provinces.
Award Category HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader: Deepti Pandita has made a significant impact to the healthcare industry, specifically in clinical informatics and solving for digital disparities. Dr. Pandita practices as an internist and is currently Associate Professor and CMIO at University of California, Irvine. She serves on the AMIA Board of Directors, chairs the Medical Informatics Committee for the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the HIMSS Physician Committee. Dr. Pandita was recognized as the 2023 AMIA Informatics Physician Leader of the Year.
Award Category Women in Health IT: Rebecca has pioneered an innovative and unconventional path in healthcare. After fleeing the world of computers and end users for nursing school, she knew she was in trouble on Day 1. Nursing treated technology as a separate, somewhat exotic specialty rather than a seamlessly integrated core component of practice. She has spent the last 15 years pursuing her passion of closing those gaps in education and operations as a mentor, executive leader, policy guide, author, teacher, speaker, advisor, and collaborator.
Award Category HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership: As professor and dean, Connie is the Knowledge Generation Lead for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. She is the first Fellow in the College of Medical Informatics to serve as a Dean of Nursing. She is an active researcher in data and information technology standards for nursing, healthcare, interprofessional practice and education, big data science and integrative informatics. Connie is a past president of FNINR and past Vice-Chair of CGFNS, Inc.
Award Category Health Equity: Dr. Warne is Co-Director for JHU BSPH Center for Indigenous Health and Provost Fellow for Indigenous Health Policy. An expert and researcher on Indigenous Health, he is a significant voice in health & equity policies, which impact Indigenous populations. He created Indigenous health-focused MPH and PhD programs at NDSU and UND. As well as spent time working as a trustee, committee member, and adviser to national public health agencies such as CDC, NIH, and IHS.
Award Category CXO/Senior Executive: Dr. Miller is an industry leader and healthcare provider who has been actively working on the ONC sponsored project, “360X” Closed Loop Transitions of Care to fully realize the benefits of HIT Interoperability. 360X uses existing health data exchange standards and technologies to improve transition of care workflows, care efficiency and patient safety through point-to-point exchange across unaffiliated healthcare organizations with disparate EHR vendor environments, regardless of the EHR systems and/or Interoperability services used.
Award Category Health Equity: Tracy Mills created her company to empower her employees to do great things for the benefit of others. Named after the bible verse Jeremiah 29:11, J29 tithes earnings to directly support nonprofits and community initiatives. Her values-driven leadership blesses others to create a positive impact. Tracy is a third-time Champion Sponsor of HIMSS Gives Back and has activated the global HIMSS membership in raising over $40,000 for non-profit organizations.
Award Category Women in Health IT: Kat takes a hands-on, direct impact approach to empowering women in health IT. As CEO and founder of the Zorya Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, she provides cash caregiving grants to women working in healthcare. And as president and founder of Innsena, a women-owned health tech consultancy, she and her team design and enable programs to reduce maternal morbidity through connected health technology, with a special focus on mothers and babies affected by opioid use disorder.
Award Category Women in Health IT: Angela Belfer is a registered nurse with 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and a passion for technology and innovation. She has merged her expertise in nursing with a keen understanding of cutting-edge medical technologies. Throughout her career, Angela has been at the forefront of implementing digital solutions, optimizing patient care, and streamlining healthcare processes. Her unique blend of medical knowledge and tech proficiency makes her an expert in providing patient-centered and healthcare solutions.
Award Category Women in Health IT: Rebecca's inspirational dedication to advancing and accelerating the role of women in healthcare and IT shines through her founding of Bluebird Leaders, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit. Bluebird Leaders provides women working in healthcare, information technology and business with a networking community, an array of educational opportunities and mentorship programs. We are strengthening the pipeline by partnering with educational institutions, teaming up with STEM programs, promoting and advocating a culture of inclusion to explore opportunities focused on women in healthcare IT, medicine, and entrepreneurship.
Award Category Women in Health IT: Grace Vinton is a dynamic healthcare PR professional, patient advocate, and podcast host of HIT Like a Girl Pod’s “HITea With Grace”: amplifying women's voices. She has worked with 50+ healthcare innovation organizations, translating complex advancements into compelling narratives, shaping industry categories. Grace is Patient Representative on Sequoia Project’s Carequality Advisory Board, championing patients’ data access and prioritizing evolving patient needs within the national interoperability framework. Grace’s mission: “Empathy is not enough. Change demands advocacy.”
Award Category HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader: Dr. Towbin is an internationally recognized leader in imaging informatics. As one of the co-chairs of the HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Community, he has led the creation of solutions to enable efficient patient and provider-centered workflows. Key accomplishments include the development of encounters-based imaging workflows, image-enabling the patient portal, and the development of multi-vendor imaging sharing solutions. Dr. Towbin routinely advocates for patient safety, equitable use of artificial intelligence, efficient workflow, and the use of standards.
Born in East Oakland, CA, the disparities Dr. Turner-Lloveras witnessed fueled his medical journey, dedicating himself to healthcare equity through community-driven innovation at The Latino/a Health Innovation Alliance. Throughout his clinical career, he has spearheaded initiatives showcasing the significant impact of technology-enabled, community-centric approaches to building health equity. At SaludConTech, he cultivates a digital healthcare ecosystem championing inclusivity and accessibility. His advocacy, innovation, and actionable solutions exemplify the Change Maker spirit in advancing health equity.
Award Category CXO/Senior Executive: Dr. Karras is a long-standing leader in public health informatics for the great State of Washington, an innovator in health IT and a Davies award winner. He is a tireless advocate of public health and digital health tools. He engages at HIMSS Global Conferences as a session speaker, Interoperability Showcase participant, and SME. He also actively serves on ONC’s Health IT Advisory Committee and CDC’s Data and Surveillance Workgroup Advisory Committee to the Director.
Award Category CXO/Senior Executive: Patrick embodies the axiom “Innovation is celebrated…but execution is worshipped!” In 30 years of serving as an executive of large providers and HIMSS Boards, he has changed the patient/clinical experience by delivering pioneering technology (AI/EHR/RPA/Interoperability/Mobility) and has been recognized by CIO Magazine, Computerworld, PEX and the Orbie’s as an international CIO and change agent. His ‘pay it forward’ compassionate attitude truly inspires his team and continues to focus our Florida community to patient-centered innovation.
Award Category HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership: As Program Director of Nursing Informatics at New York-Presbyterian Mary-Joy spearheaded the digital journey starting with remote patient monitoring of emergency department patients, home monitoring of cardiovascular and diabetic patients to prevent readmission, and virtual nursing. As president of PNAA, HIMSS NYS Director-at-large, and American Academy of Nursing fellow/selection committee, Dr. Garcia-Dia has directly contributed her skills and expertise advancing policy and practice through effective nursing informatics leadership focused on health equity, diversity, and inclusion policies.
Award Category Women in Health IT: Rachelle is an accomplished healthcare leader who brings over 25 years of clinical and executive experience transforming patient care and driving clinical impact via nurse driven initiatives and solutions. She has proven capabilities to problem solve, scale processes across an enterprise and drive value: clinically, financially, and operationally. Rachelle is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow and certified lean healthcare professional. She is actively involved in multiple nursing and healthcare organizations.
Award Category Health Equity: Tyler Migizii Migwan LaPlaunt works with and for Tribes in Public Health, Disease Prevention, Education, and Tribal Health Policy. Tyler currently works as the Assistant Director of Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions and continues his Tribal advocacy work as the Bemidji Area Delegate to the National Institutes of Health Tribal Advisory Committee. Tyler helped create the HIMSS Native American & Indigenous Community, and under his leadership, convened the first in-person Tribal roundtable at HIMSS23.
Award Category HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership: An executive trailblazer for 25 years, Dr. Iuppa is internationally recognized in nursing innovation and technology enhanced care. Founder of two healthcare collaborations in nursing informatics leadership and social determinants of health. At Cleveland Clinic she leads a team supporting 70,000 caregivers across 22 hospitals, in 3 states and 4 countries. She serves on multiple healthcare governing boards, as adjunct faculty, technology application consultant, and frequently publishes and lectures on transformative informatics and nursing leadership.
Award Category - Policy Influencer: Alexandra Mugge is a highly respected leader at CMS. She is a longtime partner of HIMSS and is always willing to share CMS’s perspectives with HIMSS members. Alex is responsible for launching the interoperability initiatives at CMS. Her work to move industry towards modern standards for interoperability will improve data exchange and patient access to health information. Alex is a dedicated expert in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, informatics, interoperability, clinician burden, and value-based care.
Award Category Global Patient Innovator: A Yale-educated nurse and digital health executive, Dr. Dhillon-Chattha has dedicated her career to improving lives through innovation in healthcare. Her most recent venture, Lavender is the first on-line psychiatry office founded by nurses. Lavender’s international team of 95+ have served over 6,000 clients since launching in May 2020. Pritma’s 20-year career includes founding two prior start-ups; serving as the inaugural Provincial Director of Electronic Safety of Alberta Health Services and publishing the e-Safety Checklist.
Award Category CXO/Senior Executive: Dr. Frase has been instrumental in leading transformational change at Ozarks Healthcare by unlocking new opportunities to enhance whole-person care. This included moving the health system’s unique programs and specialty-focused areas, among them behavioral health, onto a new EHR platform. Her work in PAC leadership, problem list management, order set governance, patient safety and quality, and ongoing provider education has contributed to increased physician satisfaction and decreased provider burnout, crucial to this rural organization’s viability.
Award Category Global Patient Innovator: Jeff Terry founded and leads the Command Center group for GE HealthCare. His team helps top-performing healthcare organizations achieve even better outcomes and efficiency by reengineering clinical operations and moving towards Real Time healthcare and has created an ecosystem of clinical command centers in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Award Category Global Patient Innovator: There is much talk about putting patients first but much less walk. For 30 years, Mark has championed the need for a louder patient voice across healthcare, supporting organisations to improve their services by listening to those very voices. Mark advocates for Chief Patient Officer roles to co-create solutions with and from patients. Success measures must move beyond satisfaction & Net Promotor Scores to ask "Are you more able to manage your own health?"
Award Category Women in Health IT: MaryAnn Connor leverages decades of nursing informatics expertise to transform complex clinical processes into streamlined workflows for optimal patient care. An active HIMSS member, MaryAnn was the inaugural chair of the NYS Nursing Informatics Committee and is a member of the Education Task Force and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics Policy Committee. With a passion for nurturing the future of healthcare transformation, MaryAnn is an adjunct professor preparing the next generation of nursing informatics leaders.
Award Category Women in Health IT: María Carolina Aguirre Navas, a physician from the Nueva Granada Military University, specialist in project management, and masters in telehealth from UdeA, with 15 years of experience in digital health, has supported and led the institutional, government, and organizational efforts such as HL7Colombia, to promote digital transformation, putting her country Colombia and the Cardiovascular Foundation of Colombia where she currently works as CMIO, as a national and regional reference for digital maturity.
Award Category Health Equity: Sepi Browning embodies visionary leadership with a proven record in community engagement, innovation, and dedicated service to Scouting, HIMSS, and rural broadband & other rural initiatives spanning 19 years. Her inclusive advocacy and sustainable progress make her an ideal choice for your vote. As a top-performing chapter leader, Sepi consistently enhances board diversity, embodies excellence and collaboration. Empower change with Sepi, a genuine champion of our future in HIT and Health Equity.
Award Category: CXO/Senior Executive: A transformative leader in the Asia Pacific health sector, Adam champions the blending of data, technology, and design to foster sustainable clinical processes. His contributions to population health highlight his deep commitment to communities. With recognition from WHO and multiple global professorships, Adam's footprint is evident from MNCs to startups and academia, leading charge in digital health innovations. Grounded and approachable, Adam's innovation, teamwork, and steadfast dedication serve as an inspiration.
Award Category Chapter Leader Volunteer: With 25 years’ experience and 10+ years involvement with HIMSS, Kendall has dedicated her career to healthcare IT. As HIMSS South Florida Chapter President, Kendall has increased chapter sponsorship, organizational affiliates and membership. She has created a successful mentor program; achieved HIMSS Advocacy Ambassador level and Silver Chapter recognition. She was awarded the 2022 HIMSS Advocate of the Year for facilitating a bill to entrench interoperability in Florida. Kendall’s dedication to HIMSS has left a lasting indelible mark on healthcare IT.
Award Category Global Patient Innovator: After his own challenging medical journey, Roi Shternin emerged as a patient advocate dedicated to education, empowerment, and compassionate care. As an author and thought leader, he promotes mental wellness for both patients and providers through empathy and understanding. Roi's work focuses on advancing patient-centered care. He co-founded organizations that apply technology to make medicine more collaborative, and his story and initiatives aim to reshape healthcare by integrating patient voices.
Award Category Women in Health IT: As a seasoned health IT executive, Michelle is an impactful healthcare leader and strong mentor to women. She makes it a priority to lead by example and she has an amazing impact of promoting the network effect and growing female leaders as her own growth continues within the organization. She empowers women leaders to be strong and confident and continuously sets high expectations not only for herself, but for the leaders she mentors.
Award Category Policy Influencer: As Deputy Secretary-General, Abigail is responsible for legal affairs and legislation, healthcare in Bonaire, Statia and Saba, post Covid-19 affairs, administrative/political affairs, communications, HR/facility/operations, information policy to bring the European Medicines Agency to NL and the government individual allowance program. Abigail is also responsible for the supervision of policy, general state of affairs, budgetary frameworks, continuity and quality of organizations affiliated with the ministry.
Award Category Women in Health IT: With five years of experience in healthcare and a portfolio of 40+ projects, Natalie has been helping businesses improve operational efficiency and mitigate human error. Her IVF project has transformed the fertilization process – a web platform identifies embryos with the highest implantation potential by employing AI image recognition. Natalie aims to overcome industry skepticism about technology adoption, thus making medical advances accessible to more patients and facilitating quantum leaps in healthcare as a whole.
Award Category Policy Influencer: Dr. Sandeep Reddy is a multi-faceted medical informatician, health program evaluator, and entrepreneur with a focus on leveraging technology to transform healthcare. A WHO-recognized digital health expert, he has been honored with the Global Achievers Award for his contributions to public health. With patents pending for an autonomous healthcare system, Dr. Reddy is at the forefront of innovation. His work spans across four continents, impacting various health service areas from hospitals to public health units. A Fellow with multiple prestigious institutes, he embodies leadership and is a role model in health information and technology.
Award Category Women in Health IT: My career in health IT has been significantly influenced by the guidance and support of female mentors. It is through their mentorship that I’ve cultivated a profound commitment to advancing health equity and representation of women in health IT, by means of research, education, and outreach initiatives. My unwavering dedication to harnessing technology to address healthcare issues propelled me to conduct a study on electronic health literacy among Filipino Americans.
Award Category CXO/Senior Executive: Jim is an inspiring leader, promoting innovation and critical thinking and leading transformative initiatives in healthcare IT. Jim has earned the system numerous accolades, including HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7 for 17 hospitals and CHIME Healthcare’s Most Wired Level 10. He has been driving transformational change in a region with incredible challenges with access to care and some of the highest rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity in the country.
Award Category CXO/Senior Executive: Emily is integral to developing Epic’s nursing, community health and social care strategy, from the company’s first inpatient EHR through global expansion. She’s a community builder, with hands-on leadership convening groups at Epic and participating in the HIT industry as a committee member, speaker, and author. She’s a patient safety champion and worked to develop EHR-integrated safety metrics. If you asked her, Emily is quick to tell people “I’ve just done my job.”
Award Category Women in Health IT: As CMIO, Dr. Webber uses health IT to promote safe, equitable clinical care and digital engagements that improve clinical outcomes.  Dr. Webber looks for new ways that technology to connect doctors and healthcare providers with patients and their communities, and how to improve the things that matter to them both. She is a practicing pediatrician, board certified in pediatric hospital medicine and clincial informatics, and a professor of clinical pediatrics at IU School of Medicine.
Award Category HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader: Dr. Cunningham leads a team of 100+ caregivers and 250 providers that offer a care delivery portfolio including nine enterprise virtual care service lines, hospital-at-home, remote patient monitoring, a virtual nursing team, virtual behavioral health platform, and a digital assistant. Her team has launched virtual care services to 100+ sites across eight states. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Passionate about healthcare tech and transformation, Eve excels in clinical informatics, applied technologies and clinical operations.
Award Category Health Equity: AMA President Jesse M. Ehrenfeld is among the nation’s foremost experts and most respected voices on how emerging digital technologies and better data collection at the point of care can eliminate health disparities for historically marginalized communities and improve patient outcomes on a broad scale.
Award Category Poliicy Influencer: Patricia is the exemplar of digital health equity and policy leadership. She is a doer, teacher, and author focused on bold, impactful efforts with tangible benefits for health equity and influencing policy. Patricia is a recognized health leader through her decades of active HIMSS engagement and in county, state and federal government, and academia. She has created innovative curriculum for future health leaders at GWU’s Milken Institute and serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers. Patricia is a role model for propelling bold, sustainable, and continuous positive change in health equity and policy.
Award Category Health Equity: Marina El Khawand, a youth ambassador for health equity at 18, founded Medonations NGO after the Beirut explosion, marking the genesis of her journey as a passionate humanitarian and human rights advocate. The core purpose of Medonations is to provide free, equal, and equitable medical assistance to all individuals across the nation. In 2022, Marina embarked on a new chapter by initiating the construction of Medonations' Free Clinic in Beirut. Marina aims to equip her free clinics with state-of-the-art early detection, treatment, and healing equipment.
Award Category Global Patient Innovator: With over 25 years of patient advocacy experience, Grace Cordovano understands the barriers patients face as they navigate their diagnosis and our fragmented healthcare system. Dr. Cordovano connects patients to the information, tools, and technology they need to make educated decisions about their care. As a champion for patients’ right of access, she advocates for actionable data access and leveraging digital technologies to enhance whole person care in the context of life-altering diagnoses.
Award Category HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader: Dr. Goel is passionate about the design and delivery of patient-centered technology solutions. He focuses on systems thinking, platform integration, and regulatory frameworks, leading many transformative initiatives. Dr. Goel serves on the HIMSS Physician Committee, has been honored as a Finalist for the Michigan “CIO of the Year” Orbie Award, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences. Dr. Goel is a Board-Certified Physician Executive with an MBA from Chicago Booth and a master’s in informatics from Northwestern.
Award Category Women in Health IT: Michelle Skinner has over two decades of experience in clinical and organizational strategy leadership. Beginning as an ICU nurse, she has a strong track record in multi-network healthcare transformation, outreach and business development. Michelle is contributing to the transformation of healthcare through operational technology by consulting with the nations’ largest health systems to optimize their patient journey and experience, improve bed management structures to free capacity and improve patient flow.
Award Category Health Equity: Dr. Monika Sonu leads a health-tech company with over 15 years of experience and roles spanning as a doctor, entrepreneur and social innovator. She has designed impactful digital health platforms & was named HIMSS Future 50 Innovation leader in 2021. She believes that a tech-driven healthcare future requires prioritizing healthcare workforce education and upskilling. Her mission: empowering healthcare professionals at the last mile across Africa, with free digital health education and not-for-profit digital health platforms to combat health inequities through her initiative HIT LABS 10,000.
Award Category CXO/Senior Executive: Dr. Nada has innovated at the intersection of science, technology, and industry. Her research provides solutions that educate and serve globally. As CMO of a digital health company, she continues to advance health literacy and population-scale health outcomes. This work extends her success creating a novel digital platform for teen healthcare and access to underserved communities. Her Boston-area school collaborative treatment program was named one of the “Top 10 Big Ideas to Transform Education.” Her commitment to digital health literacy led to the creation of a multi-site health resiliency program.
Award Category Health Equity: Gabriel is a mission-driven Health IT professional with 16 years of experience in health IT/IS, specifically non-profit HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ healthcare. Gabriel is a recent MSHI graduate from UIC and currently oversees the health informatics ecosystem for the world's largest LGBTQ+ services provider, whose mission is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
Award Category Chapter Advocate Volunteer: Christopher is a visionary changemaker dedicated to health equity and developing the next generation of healthcare leaders. He’s dedicated his career to implementing innovative solutions and driving meaningful change. Christopher addresses some of the most pressing issues facing healthcare, including access to quality care for underserved populations, advocating for women’s and rural healthcare. His inclusive teaching methods have ignited a passion for learning in countless students. Christopher's impact on healthcare and promises to inspire a new generation of leaders and drive meaningful societal change.
Award Category Chapter Advocate Volunteer: Active HIMSS member since 2008-Innovation Committee, Chapter Leader Task Force, HIMSS speaker, SC Chapter BOD. For the past five years, Dr. Regan has led SC Health IT Day securing Governor’s Proclamations declaring SC Health IT Day, advocating for telehealth and statewide HIE by collaborating with SC Hospital Association, SC AHIMA and others. Created chapter newsletter advocacy column and webpage, supports global advocacy campaigns and advocacy events at Chapter’s Annual Conference. Actively engages informatics students and faculty in HIMSS membership and events.
Award Category Global Patient Innovator: Dr. Guido Giunti is renowned for developing innovative patient-centric digital health solutions, like the gamified "More Stamina" for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Utilizing participatory design methods, he bridges medical and technological expertise to ensure innovations truly serve patients. Recognized as a healthcare innovator in Finland, Ireland and Argentina, his work stands as a testament to his dedication to improving care and empowering patients through digital means. He embodies the spirit of a healthcare changemaker.