New leadership for HIMSS Board

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This month the HIMSS board has new leadership. George T. Hickman, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, and Marion J. Ball, EdD, FHIMSS, began their terms as chair and vice chair, respectively. They replace Chair Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FHIMSS, and Vice Chair June L. Lowe, FHIMSS.   

Hickman is the senior vice president and CIO at Albany Medical Center in New York. A member of HIMSS since 1981, Hickman has served on HIMSS’ CPHIMS Certification Task Force, Enterprise IS Steering Committee, Electronic Health Record Steering Committee and Clinical Systems Special Interest Group.

Hickman has stated that the current board has many leadership challenges, as HIMSS has many substantial activities underway. “This year I'd like to see us successfully launch our global initiatives, while at the same time make sure we're strongly connecting with the needs of our individual members at home,” he said. 

Hickman added that this year may also be a year to take a look at the HIMSS governance structure.  “Such a review is something that has been necessary many times over our 45-year history – with our intent to assure timely delivery of all the products and services we have on the table."

Vice Chair Ball is a Fellow for IBM’s Global Leadership Initiative, Center for Healthcare Management. In addition, she is a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Ball, who has been a HIMSS’ member since 1988, has served on several of the Society’s committees and task forces, including the Personal Health Record Steering Committee, Government Relations Roundtable, Patient Safety Task Force and Steering Committee and Nursing Informatics Task Force.  She has also authored articles published in the Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM) and has served on JHIM’s Advisory Board.