HIMSS names Pamela Arora CIO of the Year

HIMSS, CHIME name Pamela Arora, senior vice president and CIO of Dallas-based Children’s Health, CIO of the year.

Pamela Arora is the new CIO of the year and a new member of the HIMSS Level 7 club, the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society announced this week.

Arora, the senior vice president and CIO of Dallas-based Children’s Health, got the nod for her efforts to break down barriers to care through an ambitious telemedicine program, her commitment to information exchange and her willingness to help small provider organizations, according to an announcement from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS.

Children's has also bolstered information sharing by hosting electronic medical records for physician practices and other providers, the organizations said. Under the leadership of Arora, it has forged strong partnerships with regional health information exchange programs. Its telemedicine program allows nurses at nearly 100 schools to consult remotely with hospital-based clinicians.

The award is named for John E. Gall, Jr., who pioneered health information systems in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, Georgia-based Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has become the first hospital in the state to achieve acute care Stage 7 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

HIMSS noted that the organization's EHR system integrates research, quality and clinical care components across multiple hospital and outpatient facilities in Georgia.

It was lauded not only for the data it captures within the EHR, but also for advanced analytical capabilities to drive care improvement.

And more news from HIMSS: Monroe Pattillo, an independent consultant specializing in interoperability, is being recognized for advancing technology for medical device and information systems, reported Healthcare IT News, a HIMSS publication.

Pattillo is being honored for leadership in the interoperability standards body Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE). He will receive the Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award, a joint honor conferred by the American College of Clinical Engineering and HIMSS.

The awards will be presented at the 2017 HIMSS Conference next month in Orlando.