OSEHRA 2017 Leadership Award Recipients Announced

Press Release | OSEHRA | June 30, 2017

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce this year’s OSEHRA Leadership Award winners.

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 30, 2017--The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce this year’s OSEHRA Leadership Award winners. Numerous individuals were nominated this year and three were chosen through a vote by the OSEHRA community based on their outstanding achievements in health information technology and innovative health care. They were honored in a special ceremony during the 6th Annual OSEHRA Open Source Summit June 13-15, 2017 in Bethesda, MD.

The 2017 Government Leadership Award was awarded to Dr. Jonathan Nebeker in recognition of his outstanding leadership and key support to the open source community. Dr. Nebeker, Deputy National Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, has provided pivotal support to the open source EHR community and has been dedicated to modernizing healthcare technology.

The 2017 Innovation Award was given to Mr. George Lilly in recognition of his outstanding contributions and positive impact on the open source EHR community. Mr. Lilly is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for WorldVistA, a General Member of OSEHRA, and has over 20 years of experience as an IT professional. He has distinguished himself in the arena of big data and analytics with the VistA ecosystem and his code has been adopted for several VA projects through his work in OSEHRA work groups.

The 2017 Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Dr. Joel Ivey in recognition of his career-long accomplishments and contributions to the open source community. Dr. Ivey is a longtime member of the OSEHRA community. He is a gifted programmer and architect, and a leader in modern development methodologies. Dr. Ivey's work has played an integral part in VistA development and his contributions are invaluable to the open source community.

We would like to thank this year’s Awards Committee for its due diligence and commitment to the community. The Committee was Co-Chaired by Dr. Jack Taylor of BITS, a Cognosante Company and Guy Esten of Apex Data Solutions, LLC. Committee members included Dr. Jorge Ferrer, U.S. Department of Veterans, VHA; Edward Kalish, Kaltronics LLC; Chau Nguyen, Axcent LLC; and Laura Prietula, Kforce Government Solutions.

Over 225 attendees participated in this year’s OSEHRA Open Source Summit. The three-day event included over fifty presentations, round table discussions, and plenary sessions. This year’s keynote presentation was given by Rob C. Thomas II, Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer, on behalf of Dr. David J. Shulkin, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The Summit was made possible thanks to Conference Sponsor DSS, Inc., as well as Bronze Level Sponsors AFCEA Bethesda, Apex Data Solutions, Cognosante, HSPC, ISHPI, and Microsoft. Additional Exhibitors included Book Zurman, D-Gate, Kitware, KRM Associates, and Zato Health. FIS GT.M served as this year’s Wi-Fi Sponsor.

For more information on the 2017 OSEHRA Open Source Summit, see the proceedings web page at: https://www.osehra.org

OSEHRA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software and related technology. Founded in 2011, OSEHRA is a rapidly growing open source community with over 850 registered members representing 160+ industry, academic, and government organizations. OSEHRA supports an open, collaborative community of users, developers, and researchers engaged in advancing health IT. OSEHRA hosts software repositories for managing applications such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA electronic health record, Blue Button, popHealth®, and others. OSEHRA is a member of global industry associations including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Health Level 7 (HL7), Open Source Initiative (OSI), and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).


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