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New HIMSS Board Begins Service

July 10, 2012

Heading up the HIMSS Board of Directors, four officers and four board members began their newly appointed posts earlier this month.

Willa Fields, DNSc, RN, FHIMSS, assumed the one-year term as chair of the board, replacing Charlene S. Underwood, MBA, FHIMSS, senior director of Government and Industry Affairs for Siemens Medical Solutions. R. Scott Holbrook, MS, LFHIMSS, started his term as vice chair of the board, replacing Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, chief medical officer of MedAllies.

Chair – Dr. Fields is a professor in the School of Nursing at San Diego State University, and has a diverse background in clinical nursing, education, research, performance improvement, management and information systems that spans more than 40 years. She teaches courses in informatics, personnel management and quality improvement in the graduate nursing program. Her research area of interest is an exploration of practices that improve patient safety and the provision of patient care. Specific investigations include the effects of computerized physician order entry on medication safety events and nurses’ work, and attitudes, knowledge/skills, practice, and barriers to evidence-based practice. From 2000 to 2006 Dr. Fields was the vice president of patient care systems in the Information Systems Department at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, Calif. She was responsible for the patient care computer systems, including implementation of new core clinical systems that included physician order entry. Fields also has published widely in the professional literature. She received her doctorate in nursing science from the University of San Diego and her masters of science in nursing from San Diego State University.

Vice Chair – Holbrook is the executive vice president of Medicity. He is responsible for all customer experiences in the company that provides health care web products to RHIOs, IDNS, large laboratories, payers, hospitals and clinics. Holbrook has more than 35 years of experience in health IT. His experience has been with both vendor and healthcare provider organizations. He built a multiple-hospital system at Intermountain Health Care called MedSeries; was the thought leader and a key executive at Sunquest during the 1990s, including the customer support model; one of the founders and owners of KLAS; and founded a consulting and web services/integration firm called Park City Solutions.

Chair Elect and Vice Chair Elect – In recent elections by the board, Scott T. MacLean, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, was selected as chair elect, and Carol Steltenkamp, MD, MBA, FAAP, FHIMSS, as vice-chair elect. MacLean is deputy CIO and director of IS Operations for Partners HealthCare in Boston. Steltenkamp is CMIO and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

New Board Members – Beginning their three-year terms this month, HIMSS four new board members include: Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FHIMSS, vice president and CNO at GE Healthcare; Brian R. Jacobs, MD, MS, FHIMSS, vice president and CMIO, and professor of pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; Fred D. Rachman, MD, FHIMSS, CEO at the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services; and Kenneth R. Ong, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, FHIMSS, CMIO at New York Hospital Queens.

New Nominating Committee Members – The following individuals began their two-year terms on the Nominating Committee: Susan A. Heichert , RN, FHIMSS, senior vice president and CIO of Allina Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul, Minn.; Terri M. Ripley, MS, FHIMSS, director, systems and programming, Centra Health, Lynchburg, Va.; and Susan J. Vaughn, RN, BC, MBA, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, program director, meaningful use, Community Health Network, Indianapolis.

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