John Glaser's distinguished 30-plus year career in health IT reflects several key contributions. In addition to his various roles, he led HIMSS through substantial growth and served as president of the HIMSS Board in 1991. As a founder of CHIME, Glaser was instrumental in establishing the framework to create a trusted environment that enables senior health information management executives and industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate the effective use of information management to improve health and healthcare in the communities they serve. More recently, he has shaped federal policy relative to HITECH and technology standards through his efforts as senior advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Glaser served as CIO of Brigham Women's Hospital in Boston in the early 1990s, and for the past 15 years, he was vice president and CIO of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, where he built an organizational legacy of competency in applying the power of IT to healthcare. Glaser took the position of CEO of Siemens Health Services Business in 2010. Glaser is on the editorial boards on a number of publications, including Healthcare IT News. He has published over 150 articles and two books on the strategic application of IT in healthcare. He holds a doctorate degree in healthcare information systems from the University of Minnesota. Glaser is a fellow of CHIME, the American College of Medical Informatics and HIMSS, and is a CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year 1993 recipient. He is also a past board member of AMIA and eHI, and has been affiliated with more than 65 industry associations, committees and work groups. As a thought leader, author, speaker and researcher, Glaser has widely shared innovations and lessons learned in implementing effective system solutions.
Marion Ball has served on the HIMSS Board twice, first from 1992 to 1995, and again in the 2000s; she served as vice chair of the HIMSS Board in 2007. In the early 1990s, Ball worked to expand HIMSS' membership to clinical informaticists. She is the senior editor of Nursing Informatics: Where Caring and Technology Meet, 2nd Edition, 1996, which received the Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing. This is one of over 20 books she has published. Ball was a founding member of the Microsoft Health Users Group. She received the Morrie Collen Award from the American Medical Informatics Association and is an honorary member of the Medical Library Association and American Health Information Management Association. Ball also served as president of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) from 1992-1995, and was awarded honorary life membership in IMIA. She is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Ball is a co-editor of the Springer series on health informatics, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals. She published over 150 articles pertaining to health informatics. She has been a full professor at the University of Maryland and is professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University. At the University of Maryland, she served as vice president for information services and CIO for the academic schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, law and social work. Ball is currently senior advisor of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Institute at IBM Research.
For 28 years, Ivo Nelson has been a leader and an innovator in the healthcare industry. Constantly seeking to bring new solutions to the industry, Nelson introduced large-scale outsourcing to the provider segment of healthcare, and pioneered new approaches for improving clinical process through enabling technology. Nelson served on the HIMSS Board, and was instrumental in leading HIMSS at the time CHIM first merged with the Society. He took the lead in bringing vendors into the organization in a manner that kept the overall culture of HIMSS intact. Nelson has built some of the largest healthcare outsourcing and consulting teams in the healthcare IT industry. As founder and CEO, Nelson grew Healthlink into the nation's largest privately-held, provider-focused healthcare information systems consulting firm. He continues to work on an international basis to enhance the state of healthcare technology around the globe--from Asia Pacific and Europe to the Middle East. Today, Nelson serves as chairman of the board for Encore Health Resources, and in that capacity continues to innovate, driving the industry from process to information innovation while acting as a trusted advisor to CIOs and healthcare leaders in the United States and abroad. In 2009, the CHIME Foundation recognized Nelson with its lifetime achievement award. In addition to being chairman of Encore Health resources, Nelson currently serves on the MedSynergies advisory board and is a director on the board of Health Care DataWorks. Mr. Nelson is also on the advisory board of Cetrea, a healthcare technology firm based in Denmark.
Charles Platt has long been active in promoting healthcare management engineering and process improvement. He served on the HIMSS Board from 1993-1996, vice president from 1995-1996, and on the HIMSS Foundation board from 1996-1998. Platt also served on the Society for Health Systems board from 1996-2004, and as president in 2002-2003. He helped to solidify the relationship between the two organizations. Platt was the originator of Information Management Systems Week, which was designed to provide education on how information and management systems contribute to health organizations and healthcare. Throughout his career, he assisted other management engineering and process improvement practitioners by providing information about professional opportunities and activities. Platt is an active a member of the HIMSS management engineering and process improvement community and has participated as a member advancement reviewer for over 10 years. He is a recipient of the HIMSS John A. Page, FHIMSS, Outstanding Service award, as well as the Distinguished Fellows Service award. Currently, he is the assistant director of supply chain services at the Medical Center of Georgia in Macon, Ga.
William Reed has been a key leader in transforming organizations to make them strong and vibrant in support of improving healthcare through information and management systems. When Reed served as president of the HIMSS Board in 1993, he was instrumental in leading the Society as it negotiated the separation from the AHA after a 27-year affiliation. With others, he worked tirelessly to steer the direction for the new organization as it stood on its own, which was instrumental to the present-day success of HIMSS. In addition, Reed was among the leaders who created CHIME as an association to serve the unique needs of chief information officers in healthcare. Reed has had a long career as a CIO, and he received the CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award in 1994. He is also a former chairman of the Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association (HISEA), former board director of CHIM and Microsoft Healthcare Users Group, and former chairman of CHIME. Reed is currently the healthcare sector lead at Bloomberg Government in Washington D.C.
Larry Dux has been a leader in applying management engineering techniques to the adoption of information technology in healthcare. He has used process improvement tools along with IT to design better care delivery systems. Dux is a frequent presenter on the innovations developed at his institution at chapter and national meetings. Dux is the 2008 recipient of the SHS-HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement award. He served as the SHS conference chair (1993-1995) and president of the SHS Board (1998-99). An active HIMSS member since 1987, he has served on the HIMSS Foundation governance council (chair 2006-2008), the Fundraising committee, HIMSS Board (vice-chair/chair 2004), nominating committee and is currently the treasurer of the Wisconsin Dairyland chapter of HIMSS. Dux is the director of clinical information systems and process improvement at Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Jeff Cooper is a leader in the field of management systems in healthcare, and many of his employees have become successful in the field as a result of his guidance. Cooper served as chair of the HIMSS Board in 1999. He was instrumental in guiding the Society through a transitional period when John Page resigned as director of HIMSS, and the board was charged with recruiting and selecting a new director. Also that year, HIMSS implemented the first Health Care Information Management Systems week to focus on changes in healthcare for the coming year. Cooper is currently the vice president and chief operating officer at Henry Medical Center in Stockbridge, Ga., where he has been employed since 1992; he also is an active Rotarian. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in health systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in health administration from Central Michigan University.
As a forward-thinking nurse and policy executive in the United States Army and commercial sector, COL (retired) Nelson has brought a world view to HIMSS that helped shape the organization into its current state. Nelson understood and advocated for widespread convergence care delivery and public policy through health IT at a time when most public policy discussions did not include the IT component. As a practitioner, Nelson oversaw many strategic projects to include the Department of Defense electronic medical record (EMR), and telemedicine programs that brought military technology and techniques to bear in Hawaii and remote Pacific Rim locations. As vice chair of the HIMSS Board, Nelson developed HIMSS' early forays into public policy, which has evolved into a robust member-driven activity that is active in the national public policy discussion. Nelson's contributions supported early research and adoption of telemedicine techniques that have impacted military and public health. Her contributions on the policy front resulted in HIMSS' active involvement in the development of a nationwide health information network and associated public policy advances. In addition, her steadfast interest in the health IT role in national preparedness and response and EMR activities, provided exposure for HIMSS in the public policy arena.
John Page led and guided HIMSS as executive director of the Society for almost a decade from 1991 through 1999. Prior to accepting the position, Page was a long-standing member of HIMSS and served on the HIMSS Board. He guided the Society through its restructuring as a separate, independent organization from the AHA after a 27-year affiliation in 1993. He also led the introduction of clinical systems as a new member constituency into the Society. Membership reached new growth under his leadership, and for the first time, HIMSS became a 10,000-plus member association. Page has successfully led several other organizations and has served on the board of a number of associations, including the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, Diveheart Foundation and the Illinois Eye Institute Foundation. The John A. Page, FHIMSS, Outstanding Service Award was named in his honor and is presented annually to an individual who has made significant, commendable and long-standing contributions to the Society. Today, Page is the chair of and speaker with Vistage International, Inc. in Downers Grove, Ill.
Wayne Anderson has been a member of HIMSS for 37 years, serving on the HIMSS Board and various committees. He has more than 30 years of experience as the director of management engineering programs at Shands Teaching Hospital – University of Florida Medical Center, Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida and University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. Anderson is the 2001 recipient of the HIMSS John A. Page Outstanding Service Award and became a Lifetime member of HIMSS in 2003. He has also served and held positions in SHS and is a member of the Central and North Florida chapter of HIMSS. Anderson is a well-known expert and is often sought out for his opinion on management systems and IT; he has presented at both HIMSS and SHS conferences on national, state and local levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and has completed doctoral work in quantitative management from the University of Florida and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Anderson is currently president of his consulting firm, First Coast Management Engineering Inc., based in Palm Coast, Fla.