HIMSS Analytics reveals management, aligns with nursing informatics alliance
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics LLC has revealed the members of its senior leadership team.

Michael W. Davis, formerly managing VP of Stamford, CT-based healthcare research and advisory services Gartner, has been named executive VP, products and services; Cynthia Porter, former president of Porter Research of Norcross, Ga., has been named executive VP, sales and marketing; Ralph T. Wakerly, former marketing VP of First Consulting Group, has been named VP, market research services; and Lisa Decker, former VP of product operations and client services for Sheldon I. Dorenfest & Associates, was named VP of operations.

"Each member of our senior management team brings targeted leadership experience and management skills in healthcare information technology (IT) to HIMSS Analytics," said Dave Garets, president and CEO of HIMSS Analytics. "HIMSS Analytics has assembled a senior team of top professionals with experience in healthcare IT, market research, analysis and strategy."

In related news, HIMSS and the Midwest Alliance for Nursing Informatics (MANI) announced the two organizations have unified. MANI, founded in October 1991, is a not-for-profit organization that serves as a resource for nursing informatics professionals throughout the Midwestern United States.

According to HIMSS, the nursing informatics membership community will have its own volunteer leadership, under the strategic direction of the HIMSS board of directors, further expanding the scope of activities for nurse leaders currently active as HIMSS members.

HIMSS said it will develop three national nursing informatics programs, including the Nursing Informatics Symposium at the 2005 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 13th - 17th, in Dallas.

A Nursing Informatics Task Force will also be formed and include the current MANI board of directors, who will serve terms on the task force equal to their existing terms on the MANI board and plan these and other education sessions. HIMSS said it will issue a call for additional participants in the Nursing Informatics Task Force from its current membership.