Professional Development

Celebrating the 2024 HIMSS Changemaker in Health Award and Scholarship Recipients

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HIMSS is excited to recognize those helping transform the global health ecosystem as the 2024 HIMSS Changemaker in Health Award and scholarship recipients.

The HIMSS Changemaker in Health Award celebrates inspirational and innovative healthcare leaders for their relentless pursuit to improve care by harnessing the power of information and technology.

Changemaker Award categories:

HIMSS Changemakers are inspiring leaders who rigorously challenge the status quo in their journey to build a brighter health future. Congratulations to all Changemaker Award recipients.

HIMSS Chapter Advocate Volunteer Award

Christopher Kunney, CPHIMS, FACHDM, MSMOT
Advocacy Chair, HIMSS Georgia Chapter
Atlanta, GA, USA

HIMSS Chapter Leader Volunteer Award

Kendall Brown
Southeast Sales Director, Centrak
HIMSS South Florida Chapter
Miami Beach, FL, USA


HIMSS Global Patient Innovator Award

Grace Cordovano, PhD, BCPA
Co-Founder, Unblock Health
West Caldwell, NJ, USA

Guido Giunti, MD, PhD, MBA(c)
NeuroInsight MSCA Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Adjunct Professor, Digital Health, University of Oulu
Dublin, Ireland | Oulu, Finland


HIMSS Health Equity Award

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FASA, FAMIA, FCPP
Senior Associate Dean and Director
Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment
Professor, Anesthesiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI, USA

Marina El Khawand
Founder and President, Medonations
Beirut, Lebanon

Gabriel Garcia-Lopez, MSHI, CPHIMS
Health Information Systems Director, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Monika Sonu, DR
Co-Founder and Director, New Product Development, Healthinnovation Toolbox
Bengaluru, India

Donald Warne, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Center for Indigenous Health
Professor, Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD, USA


HIMSS John A. Page Distinguished Fellow Award

Olga Kagan, PhD, RN, CIMI, FAAAAI, FHIMSS, Fellow NYAM
Associate Adjunct Professor and Consortial Faculty
CUNY School of Professional Studies
New York, NY, USA 


HIMSS Partner Award: HIMSS-ACCE Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award

Christopher Falkner, MS, CCE
Sr. Director, Digital Strategy and Cybersecurity, SODEXO
Adjunct Professor, UCONN
Livermore, CA, USA


HIMSS Partner Award: HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader Award

Eve Cunningham, MD, MBA
Group Vice President and Chief of Virtual Care and Digital Health, Providence
Renton, WA, USA


HIMSS Partner Award: HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership

Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Professor and Dean, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, USA


HIMSS Policy Influencer Award

Patricia MacTaggart, MBA, CAHIMS
Teaching Instructor/Program Director
Masters in Administration/Masters of Public Health
George Washington University
Washington, DC, USA

Alexandra Mugge, MPH
Chief Health Informatics Officer and Director
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
St Johns, FL, USA

Abigail Norville
Deputy Secretary-General
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
The Hague, The Netherlands

Cátia Pinto Sousa, MD
Head of Global Digital Health and International Affairs,
Shared Services of the Ministry of Health of Portugal (SPMS, EPE)
Lisbon, Portugal


HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award

María Carolina Aguirre, MD, MS
Chief Medical Information Officer, FCV-HIC (Hospital Internacional de Colombia)
Piedecuesta, Santander, Colombia

Ellen Arigorat, DNP, NI-BC
Program Director-Nursing Informatics,
New York Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY, USA

Senior Director, Nursing Informatics
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Nursing Informatics
New York University
New York, NY, USA

Rachelle Landry, MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE, LSSYB, CLHP
Clinical Transformation Vice President, BD
Denver, CO, USA

Emily C. Webber, MD, FAAP, FAMIA
Chief Medical Information Officer, IU Health and Riley Children’s Health
Indianapolis, IN, USA 


HIMSS Senior Executive Award

Emily Barey, MSN, RN
Vice President of Nursing, Epic
Verona, WI, USA

Professor, National University of Singapore

Priscilla A. Frase, MD
CMIO/Hospitalist, Ozarks Healthcare
West Plains, MO, USA

Bryant Thomas Karras, MD, FACMI
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Washington State Department of Health
Seattle, WA, USA

Nada Milosavljevic, MD, JD
CMO, Safe Health Systems
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

2024 HIMSS Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Masters Scholarship Recipient

Colleen Shannon
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Major: Health Informatics & Digital Health

Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Thomas Bloodgood III
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Major: Healthcare Administration

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