Monday, February 6, 2012

HIMSS Honors Three Clinicians with 2011 IT Leadership Awards

HIMSS announces the recipients of its clinician IT leadership awards: Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, and Kathleen Smith, MScEd, RN-BC, FHIMSS, with the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award and Russell Leftwich, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP, with the HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award.

They will receive their awards during the2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Awards and Recognition Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev. Held in conjunction with HIMSS12, the banquet honors the 2011 Award Recipients for their significant contributions to the Society, their organizations and the health IT profession.

2011 Nursing Informatics Leadership Award: Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS and Kathleen Smith, MScEd, RN-BC, FHIMSS
Dr. Bickford and Ms. Smith merit significant accolades for their outstanding, long-term commitment to develop, and tireless efforts to sustain, the innovative Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics continuing education program over the last 16 years. They also have promoted HIMSS as a valuable resource and professional membership organization for nurses. Both have worked consistently at the organizational, local, state, and national levels to ensure that nursing, nursing informatics, and health care consumer perspectives are recognized and incorporated into practice, policy, and regulatory decisions, as well as into systems design, implementation, and evaluation activities.

“HIMSS congratulates Carol Bickford and Kathleen Smith on receiving the 2011 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award,” said Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President of Informatics for HIMSS. “The accomplishments and examples set by Carol and Kathleen demonstrate the important role that nurses play as leaders in advancing the best use of health IT to improve health outcomes.”

2011 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award: Russell Leftwich, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP
Dr. Leftwich is an active member of HIMSS, participating in the Management Engineering and Process Improvement (ME-PI) Community, Physician Community, and serves on the board of the HIMSS Tennessee Chapter. In addition, Dr. Leftwich was appointed by HIMSS to the Physician Leadership Committee and began a two-year term in July. Additionally, Dr. Leftwich is active on a sub-group that reaches out to other physician professional organizations facilitating collaboration on promoting health IT adoption. He is the author of the EHR Adoption Chapter of American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Practice Management Manual, chairs the statewide HIE Clinical Workgroup, and participates in the eHealth taskforce for the Tennessee Medical Association.

“The contributions of Dr. Russell Leftwich have helped move forward the adoption of health IT,” said Patricia Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL, USA ret’d., HIMSS Vice President, Healthcare Information Systems, and staff liaison to the HIMSS physician community. “The HIMSS staff congratulate Dr. Leftwich on receiving this very well deserved award. ”

HIMSS12 Awards and Recognition Banquet: Individual tickets to the awards banquet are available for $125 and tickets for tables of 10 are available for $1,250. For more information on HIMSS12, visit the conference website. To purchase tickets for the HIMSS12 Awards and Recognition Banquet, visit the conference registration page.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

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