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HIMSS Announces 2013 Nursing Informatics Leadership Award Winner

January 15, 2014

The HIMSS14 Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

Chicago (January 15, 2014) – Former Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors Willa Fields, DNSc, RN, FHIMSS is the recipient of the 2013 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award.  This award is presented to one individual who, in the judgment of the HIMSS Board of Directors, has demonstrated significant leadership in the area of nursing informatics within the Society and the industry.

Fields has been on the faculty at San Diego State University since 2006 and is a professor in the school of nursing. She teaches graduate courses in informatics, performance improvement, and healthcare policy. She also consults at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego County, where she helps nursing staff with their projects and publications.

Before taking her faculty position, she was the vice president of patient care systems in the information systems department at Sharp HealthCare, an integrated delivery system in San Diego, Calif.

She has a diverse background in informatics, clinical nursing, education, research, performance improvement, and management. Her research area of interest is exploration of practices and tools that improve patient safety and the provision of patient care. Specific investigations include the effects of electronic health records and computerized provider order entry on medication safety events and nurses’ work. She has conducted groundbreaking research, which has been presented most recently at the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Symposium.

Fields has been an active HIMSS member since 2002, serving as HIMSS Board member from 2009 to 2013, as chair-elect from 2011-2012, and chair from 2012-2013.  She is also serving a term on the HIMSS WorldWide Board from July 2012-June 2014.

She will be honored at Awards Banquet  on Tuesday, Feb. 25, during the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 23-27, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. Tickets for the HIMSS14 Awards Banquet are available. Visit the HIMSS14 registration page or call 866.229.2386 for more information. 

“As a clinical informatics expert, Willa has applied her knowledge and experience in a multitude of ways to advance healthcare transformation. As an informatics nurse, faculty member, engaged volunteer and as the past chair of HIMSS Board of Directors, she has demonstrated her deep commitment to better health through information technology. It will be my pleasure to present this award to Willa at the HIMSS14 Nursing Informatics Symposium in Orlando,” said Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president, Informatics, HIMSS.

Learn more about HIMSS14 and the Nursing Informatics Symposium.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).  HIMSS leads global efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. Visit

HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Media Contact: Kelly Wagner 312-915-9502

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