Honoring Exceptional Leadership in Advocating for Health IT

(left to right): HIMSS North America Board Chair Michael Zaroukian, MD, PhD, MACP, FHIMSS, vice president/CMIO, Sparrow Health System; HIMSS Chapter Advocate of the Year Richard Moore, Central & Southern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS; and Thomas Leary, vice president, government relations, HIMSS North America

Every year since 2004, HIMSS has honored an individual HIMSS chapter member as the Chapter Advocate of The Year, a prestigious and widely recognized award presented to the chapter advocate who demonstrates exceptional leadership advocating for health IT.   This year at HIMSS17, chapter advocates, state officials and other leaders met to honor the achievements of Richard Moore, an advocacy chair, for the Central & Southern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS, as the 2016 Chapter Advocate of The Year.  

Richard Moore has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has successfully led the design, development and implementation of multiple modernization projects for both the public and private sectors. While Richard is the current president of eHealth Ohio, Inc., a non-profit regional affiliate of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a standards development organization to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Humans Services, Richard maintains an active role in HIMSS at the chapter and national levels. 

He is the past president, VP/treasurer, past and present advocacy chair, of Central & Southern Ohio HIMSS; Past HIMSS RHIO/HIE liaison for the State of Ohio; and HIMSS National Chair for the RHIO Liaison Roundtable.  He also serves as a regional vice-chair for the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable.  

Richard’s advocacy efforts and leadership as a central figure with the Central & Southern Ohio Chapter propelled the Ohio chapters to the forefront of leading change in health IT in the state.   His efforts to establish productive relationships with state elected officials have been extremely fruitful, as evidenced by several achievements, including the establishment of the reoccurring Ohio Healthcare Information Technology (OHIT) Day with recognition by the Governor’s office via a Proclamation for the OHIT Day for consecutive years.  

We are also grateful to Richard for creating a local chapter award program to recognize Ohio state legislators who have championed health IT.  

The HIMSS Government Relations team continues to be inspired by his innovative efforts to include legislators in chapter events by working with the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland to connect the state capital with the HIMSS Innovation Center in 2014, 2015, and 2016 through videoconferencing.  

We also recognize Richard’s outstanding collaboration with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio towards the creation of the State of Ohio Health Information Technology Roadmap, which became the basis of Governor Ted Strickland’s Executive Order creating the Ohio HIE, and ultimately, CliniSync.  

Because of the generous dedication and support over the years of volunteer chapter advocates like Richard Moore, , HIMSS continues to advance healthcare and lead change in the industry among states and at the national level.   

Thank you Richard!

public policy; government affairs; healthcare; health IT