HIMSS Announces 2014 Physician IT Leadership Award Winner

William-Hersh-2014William Hersh, MD, FACP, FACMI has been named the recipient of the 2014 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. The Physician IT Leadership Award recognizes significant leadership in the area of applying IT to the needs of physicians while serving the Society and/or the industry. The Physician IT Leadership Award recognizes a single exceptional contribution, sustained contribution, or lifetime of exceptional leadership.

Dr. Hersh is professor and chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Ore. He has been at OHSU since 1990, where he has led the development of research and educational programs in biomedical and health informatics. He developed and serves as director of all graduate biomedical informatics education programs at OSHU. He also led the development of OHSU’s distance learning programs.

An engaged HIMSS member, he has actively supported HIMSS at both the local and national levels for many years. At the local level, he has been an active member of the HIMSS Oregon chapter, serving on the advisory council, and as a presenter and co-sponsor of various events. At the national level, he has been an invited speaker at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition for over a decade. He is a well-respected leader within the HIMSS Physician Community. His innovative and educational efforts have contributed to the advancement of health IT and clinical informatics. Hersh is also a regular contributor to the HIMSS Clinical Informatics Insights eNewsletter.

With dedication to the informatics field, Dr. Hersh also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10×10 program, an introductory course in biomedical informatics completed by over 1,800 individuals.

He has also played an instrumental role in the new physicians’ subspecialty of clinical informatics and was among the first cohort of physicians to achieve certification in the new subspecialty in 2013. Among his accomplishments, he

  • served as the first course director of the first Clinical Informatics Board Review Course;
  • was among the first physicians to be board-certified in the new field; and
  • provided guidance in his writings to many physicians who are seeking to achieve board certification.

In addition, Dr. Hersh will serve as director of one of the first fellowships that has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Several other clinical informatics fellowship programs from other institutions will use online curricular materials from OHSU’s educational program that he directs. His active research program also continues in clinical informatics with a particular interest in uses and limitations of the secondary use of clinical data for research and quality measurement.

“While Dr. Hersh’s accomplishments within the health IT community are vast, it is his commitment to the education of those in our field that I believe will be his lasting legacy. As director of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, he has led some of this country’s premier informatics programs. His efforts in organizing and leading a comprehensive clinical informatics review course, put together months before the exam was first administered, allowed many physicians to be well prepared for this new exam,” said Caitlin Cusack, MD, MPH, HIMSS Physician Committee chair.

Hersh will be honored at the Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 14, during the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition on April 12-16, in Chicago, Ill. Tickets for the HIMSS15 Awards Gala are available on the HIMSS15 registration page or call 866.710.0769 for more information.

Learn more about HIMSS15 and the Physicians’ IT Symposium: The Journey from Data to Transforming Health.

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.