CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award

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This award is named in honor of John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered the implementation of healthcare information systems at El Camino Hospital in the 1960s.
The John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award recognizes a chief information officer (CIO) who demonstrates significant leadership in healthcare. The award is given for a lifetime of success and achievement as a CIO in the health IT industry. The recipient is selected jointly by the Board of Directors of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS.


The recipient must be a CHIME and HIMSS member with a minimum of five years of membership—cannot be a current CHIME or HIMSS Board Member or award judge.
Previous award recipients who have won this award in the past five years are exempt from consideration. Senior leadership from either CHIME or HIMSS may not nominate a candidate for the award. 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.


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

  • Active employment as a CIO at the time of submission of the nomination
  • Current membership in good standing of both CHIME and HIMSS
  • The organization for whom the CIO is employed by is not under regulatory or other review that may prohibit the CIO from accepting the award, if nominated
    • Example: The organization is involved in a HIPAA privacy breach investigation by the Office of the Civil Rights that may directly involve practices, policies or guidelines under the auspices of the CIO
  • Significant participation in either leadership or organizational activities of CHIME and/or HIMSS (i.e., board of directors, board-appointed committee, fellows council, etc.)
  • Innovative leadership through effective use of technology in support of the strategic initiatives of his/her organization
  • Representation of the highest standards of leadership in health IT
  • Respect and recognition as a role model to peers and the industry
  • Advancement of the professional standards embraced by CHIME and HIMSS
  • At least one industry designation (CHCIO, FCHIME, CPHIMS or FHIMSS)


To be considered for this award, applicants must submit:

  • 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—provide both employment history and notable achievements for each position held
  • One letter of recommendation from a CHIME Fellow and one from a HIMSS Fellow

HIMSS 2020 Recipient

Marc Probst
Marc Probst

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