H.I.T. Men and Women awards presented

Nine leaders recognized for their contributions to healthcare
By Chris Hayden
09:17 AM

Monday night’s H.I.T. Men and Women award ceremony honored nine men and women in healthcare who have made significant contributions through their dedication and vision.

The winners include an acting assistant secretary for health, a chief information officer, chief nursing informatics officer, and the founding director of a learning network.

The awards were selected by the readers of Healthcare IT News in a process that began in February, with an open call for nominations. In March, the top nominations were presented to the readers for a vote. Over 1,300 readers voted for the winners.

In the three categories, the winners were:


Donna Hart

Chief Information Officer, Cook County Health & Hospitals System

Under Donna Hart's leadership, CCHHS achieved Stage 2 meaningful use for its hospitals and practices in 2014. Its achievements – including the launch of a comprehensive patient portal that's enhanced engagement for more than 319,000 patients – have improved care continuity and communications and streamlined clinical processes. Prior to joining CCHHS, Hart served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for 30 years. It has also achieved Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model.

Mary Beth Mitchell, RN

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Texas Health Resources

As chief nursing informatics officer at Texas Health Resources, Mary Beth Mitchell, RN, helps influence nurses' optimal use of electronic health records at the 25-hospital system. Texas Health was awarded the prestigious Davies Award in 2013, in recognition for its advance use of health information technology. In addition, it has achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 status for 11 of its hospitals.

Tom Selva, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Missouri Health Care

In addition to his role as CMIO at University of Missouri Health Care – which has attained HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 status on both the acute and ambulatory sides – Selva serves as medical director of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation. A professor of clinical child health in the MU School of Medicine, Selva also serves as chief of the division of general pediatrics at University of Missouri Children's Hospital.


Aurelia Boyer, RN

Chief Information Officer, New York Presbyterian Hospital

As senior vice president and chief information officer for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Boyer develops overall IT strategy and oversees day-to-day IT operations. Prior to joining the NYP in 1993, she worked as an information systems consultant, developing long-range plans for hospitals nationwide. She has also held nursing administration and teaching positions at Detroit Medical Center, Oakland University and Sinai Hospital of Detroit.

Karen DeSalvo, MD

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

Serving simultaneously as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Coordinator for Health IT, DeSalvo has focused her career on improving access to affordable and high-quality healthcare, especially for underserved populations. Prior to joining ONC in 2013, she was health commissioner for the City of New Orleans, where she helped modernize the department and restored services to areas of the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Charles Jaffe, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Health Level Seven International

With interoperability now an imperative in healthcare, HL7, under Jaffe's leadership, has been driving the discussion: making its standards available worldwide, pioneering specifications such as Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resources (FHIR) and convening providers, vendors and others through interoperability initiatives such as the Argonaut Project. In addition to his work at HL7, Jaffe has worked at companies such as Intel and served in leadership roles at the American Medical Informatics Association.


Eugene Kolker

Chief Data Officer, Seattle Children's

As Seattle Children's CDO, Kolker dives deep into data, developing analytics tools to identify methods for more efficient and effective management of complex and chronic conditions. With a focus on predictive analytics, bioinformatics and statistical models, Kolker is one of the co-founders of the Data-Enabled Life Sciences Alliance, a non-profit group focused on driving innovation and promoting sustainable, shared access to data for research and care improvement.

Chris McCarthy

Founding Director, Kaiser Permanente's Innovation Learning Network

McCarthy's mission as director of the Innovation Learning Network and head of Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy is to speed the spread of great ideas. In helping connect healthcare innovators across the world, McCarthy has developed new approaches to neonatal care, safer medication administration and nursing workflow. An international speaker on innovation design, he has consulted for the U.K.’s National Health Service as well as offering advice to health leaders in Canada and Denmark.

Norma Tirado

Chief Information Officer, Lakeland Regional Health System

As CIO and vice president of IT and human resources at St. Joseph, Mich.-based Lakeland Health, Tirado and her team are responsible for four hospitals and three ambulatory clinics – all of which achieved Stage 7 certification in 2013, less than three years after their initial Epic EHR rollout.