HIMSS Arizona Chapter Innovator Awards, NHIT Week 2018

During the National Health IT Week Celebration, which celebrated our industry and the professionals who utilize health IT to improve quality and expand access of healthcare in America, the HIMSS Arizona Chapter awarded several individuals and groups with certificates of recognition for their contributions to health IT in Arizona. Congratulations to the following members, and thank you for your work and innovations in health IT!


District Medical Group Children's Rehabilitative Services (DMG CRS)

DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services clinic was recognized for innovative use of medical data with their “Medical Champions Program” that uses EMR data to better identify potentially eligible patients for Make-A-Wish.







Melissa Kotrys, MPH, CEO, Health Current HIE, Arizona

Melissa Kotrys is being recognized for contributions to the advancement of Health IT in Arizona through her appointment to the HIMSS North America Board of Directors.




Jean Palazzetti, RN, MSN, MBA, HCM, Nursing Informatics Specialty Director, Banner Health

Jean Palazzetti is being recognized for Healthcare IT Leadership for her contributions to Banner Health EHR projects and her promotion of the Nursing Informatics Certification among her peers.





Maire Simington, Faculty in Residence, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Arizona Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Maire Simington is being recognized for innovation in Leadership Development for her role in the planning and implementation of a book club program focused on developing empathy in healthcare leaders..