HIMSS North America Board of Directors Focus on Interoperability’s Role and the Value of IT in Healthcare Transformation

CHICAGO (July 22, 2015) - Secure use of information technology to ensure the right person has the right information at the right time is a powerful tool to improve the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to healthcare. Achieving ubiquitous, secure interoperability of health information is the focus of Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FHIMSS, FAAN, Chair, Board of Directors, HIMSS North America and Fred D. Rachman, MD, FHIMSS, Vice Chair of the Board. Ms. Alexander is Vice President, Clinical Transformation, Divurgent; Dr. Rachman is CEO, Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services.

"With many challenges ahead of us in the transformation of healthcare, HIMSS North America, as a cause-based organization, is in prime position to continue working towards better health through information technology," says Ms. Alexander. With interoperability and usability among the priorities of the Board, "HIMSS's efforts in these areas become even more important, as we expand across the care continuum to provide seamless communication between care settings and engage the patient. Additionally, it is critical to ensure technology is harnessed to increase patient safety and improve the quality of care and outcomes."

Dana Alexander

Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FHIMSS, FAAN

Fred D. Rachman, MD, FHIMSS

Fred D. Rachman, MD, FHIMSS

As a registered nurse, Ms. Alexander brings both her insights in patient care and informatics to this role."My background and expertise as a nurse influence my goals as board chair in the sense that I have a keen understanding of the healthcare environment, including the issues and challenges in patient care delivery, access to care, the cost of care and the importance of technology to transform healthcare," says Ms. Alexander.

"This is a very exciting time in health IT as we've seen many healthcare providers and practices implementing digital technology in a relatively short time.  Now, we are now beginning, in earnest, to understand how to leverage technology and the potential for data access in the context of practice transformation and payment reform," says Dr. Rachman, vice chair of the Board. "HIMSS North America plays an important role in bringing together stakeholders from across the care spectrum, and I am privileged to serve on the Board with others who share this same focus."

Chair Elect and Vice Chair Elect

Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD, FACP, FHIMSS, becomes Chair Elect of the HIMSS North America Board. He is Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), Sparrow Health; and Professor of Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.

Elizabeth Casey Halley, MBA, RN, FHIMSS, serves as Vice Chair Elect. She is a principal, Center for Transforming Health, MITRE Corporation.

New Members of the Board

  • Michael Nusbaum, BASc, MHSA, FHIMSS, president, M H Nusbaum & Associates
  • James Peake, MD, President, CGI Federal
  • Christopher Ross, MBA, CIO, Mayo Clinic
  • Ferdinand Velasco, MD, FHIMSS, senior vice president & chief health information officer, Texas Health Resources

Learn more about the HIMSS North America Board of Directors.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.  HIMSS produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 61,000 individuals, of which 79% work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 400 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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