News Release

NHIT Week to Celebrate the Contributions of Policy Leaders

Thought leaders from the nation's most renowned and progressive healthcare organizations will come together during National Health IT Week (Sept. 26-30) to raise awareness and assemble key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology.

One of the week’s highlights will be the NHIT Week Reception and Award Ceremony on Sept. 28 to be held at the American College of Surgeons Rooftop Terrace, Washington, DC.

The HIMSS Leadership Award recognizes federal, congressional and state leaders who made a significant contribution meriting national recognition to the healthcare information technology field and are presented during National Health IT Week. 

“Our award winners exemplify the critical role policymakers can play in realizing the full potential of health IT to support improved access, innovations in care delivery and, most importantly, better health outcomes for patients,” Tom Leary, Vice President, Government Affairs, HIMSS stated.

On Sept. 28, HIMSS will recognize the following policy leaders:

Congressional Leadership Award

Federal Leadership Award

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Listen to the podcast with Dr. DeSalvo

State Leadership Award

Matthew Baker
Pennsylvania State Representative


HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions.  HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS.  A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.

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