Distinguished Fellows Service Award

The call for nominations are now closed. Award recipients will be announced in December 2017/January 2018. For more information, contact awards@himss.org

HIMSS 2017 Recipient


Alan Thriffiley, Jr., CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Purpose and History

The Distinguished Fellows Service Award recognizes commendable and long-standing contributions to the Society made by a Fellow Member. The Distinguished Fellows Service Award can be made for a single exceptional contribution, for a sustained contribution, or for a lifetime of exceptional service.

To be considered for the award, nominees must demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership in professional advancement;
  • Contributed as a volunteer in the advancement of HIMSS goals and objectives;
  • Actively supported HIMSS mission and membership growth; and
  • Made outstanding contributions to the principles for which HIMSS stands.

Additional Eligibility and Required Criteria

  • Represents the highest standards of leadership in Health IT;
  • Is respected and recognized as a role model to peers in the industry;
  • Nominee must be a HIMSS Fellow Member in good standing for a minimum of two years;
  • Is not currently serving on one of HIMSS boards (HIMSS NA, HIMSS Analytics, PCHA, etc.);
  • Cannot be currently employed by HIMSS, nor engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS; and
  • Award judges are ineligible to be nominated.

Previous award recipients who have won this award in the past five years are exempt from consideration.  Please refrain from submitting a nomination for someone who fits this criteria.

The Nomination Process

Any person meeting the eligibility and required criteria may be nominated.  Candidates may also nominate themselves for the award.  Only completed applications submitted by the published deadline will be considered.

The online application form will require the following information:

  • A completed application using the online nomination form;
  • A brief biographical sketch that demonstrates why the nominee should be considered for the award (1,000 words or less);
  • Resume/curriculum vitae; and
  • One letter of recommendation outlining how the nominee meets the required criteria.

The Distinguished Fellows Service Award consists of:

  • Symbol of recognition;
  • Public announcement in an official HIMSS publication and on relevant website(s).


For more information, contact awards@himss.org.