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The John P. Glaser Health Informatics Society hosts inaugural event

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, more than 100 attendees gathered to celebrate the launch of The John P. Glaser Health Informatics Society at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) and the presentation of the John P. Glaser Health Informatics Innovator Award, the first annual award given by the Glaser Society, to Ivo D. Nelson.

John Glaser Event

The John P. Glaser Health Informatics Society was established this year by SBMI in recognition of the expertise and leadership of Cerner’s SVP of Population Health, John Glaser, PhD, who is a universally recognized thought leader in the field of health informatics. The Society was created to recognize innovators in the field of health informatics and provide education, collaboration and networking opportunities for the broader community of health informatics professionals, clinicians and students.  

Ivo Nelson, health care innovator, serial entrepreneur and Global Healthcare Alliance board member, was named the recipient on April 19, and formally received the award during the October 4th lecture and reception at the school. Ivo is currently the chairman and CEO of Next Wave Health, an investment firm that facilitates success among start-ups and early stage companies by providing a comprehensive package of experience, tools, IP, relationships and financial support that translates to long-term success.

“It was an honor to name Ivo the first recipient,” said John. “He was an early proponent of clinical transformation and the idea that you can use technology to improve patient care, and I’ve had the honor to work closely with him over the years. I’ve always been impressed by his vision and the way he brings people together to solve some of health care’s most complex challenges.”

John served as CEO of Siemens Health Services until it was acquired by Cerner. Prior to Siemens, John was vice president and CIO of Partners HealthCare; he also previously served as vice president of information systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. John was the founding chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and past-president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is a member of numerous boards, is the author of more than 200 articles and three books, and serves on the faculty of four universities.

“John has dedicated his career to advancing health care through innovation, and our clients benefit daily from his leadership and industry expertise,” said Cerner President Zane Burke. “I congratulate John on the formation of the Glaser Society and the continued recognition of his unparalleled thought leadership in our industry.”

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published on 10/13/2016 at 2:18 p.m.

Mallory Murray, Senior Team Lead of Internal Communication and Executive Presence, Cerner Corporation

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