CIOs Aviv Gladman and Amanda Hammel Share CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award
PHOENIX, AZ, Nov. 4, 2019 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) today named two healthcare IT executives the winners of the 2019 CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award. Aviv Gladman, MD, CIO and CMIO at Mackenzie Health in Ontario, Canada, and Amanda Hammel, senior vice president and CIO at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, tied for the award, which is given by CHIME in conjunction with the American Hospital Association (AHA).
“We are thrilled that not one but two of our CIO members are receiving this honor,” said CHIME Board Chair Shafiq Rab, MD, senior vice president and CIO at Rush University Medical Center. “Aviv and Amanda are both exceptional leaders whose ability to collaborate across their organizations has made life better for clinicians and patients.”
Mackenzie Health launched its EHR in July 2017 and under Gladman’s leadership implemented several initiatives designed to improve clinical outcomes. They created an electronic pathway for treating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that reduced the length of stay by more than two days, freeing up beds for other patients in need of care. In addition, streamlining the electronic order set in their stroke program improved the clinical workflow, expedited care and improved outcomes. A third initiative designed to reduce hospital-acquired C. difficile infections reported a drop of 43% one year after the EMR was implemented.
“These initiatives have demonstrated an emphasis on improving the patient experience with enhanced health information technology, health services delivery models and evidence-based clinical practices,” said Mackenzie Health President and CEO Altaf Stationwala. “The leadership of our CIO/CMIO Dr. Aviv Gladman and the clinical teams have pushed the envelope on innovating and adopting technologies that will benefit our patients and community and foster the development of future transformational changes.”
Gladman and his team will continue to look for ways to use technology to simultaneously improve clinical and business outcomes. “We want to build a measurable environment that is seamlessly integrated into the clinicians’ workflow,” he said. “With baseline data, we can identify gaps and develop processes to deliver better care.”
Hammel played a key role in the implementation of Memorial Hermann’s population health strategy. She and her team were responsible for onboarding a massive amount of data, pulling in data from more than 40 disparate sources, leveraging registries within multiple EHRs and validating analytics. They helped develop a Population Health Data Warehouse and tools that give a comprehensive picture of their patients and identify gaps. They also created Everyday Well, a consumer-facing app that facilitates access to care.
“Amanda has led the organization to continue its history of achievements and recognition for leveraging healthcare IT to improve health outcomes,” said Memorial Hermann’s former president and CEO, Chuck Stokes. “Memorial Hermann was the first and only health system to achieve back-to-back HIMSS Davies awards in both 2017 and 2018. And just recently, the system was named a Most Wired health system for the 14th year in a row.”
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of all the work we have done at Memorial Hermann,” said Hammel. “While we have laid a solid foundation, we know there is more work to be done. We plan to continue the acceleration of data use to provide actionable insights by enabling more digital tools and ultimately creating exceptional patient journeys.”
The CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award is given in honor of a CEO and CIO whose organization developed and deployed transformational IT that improved the delivery of care and streamlined administrative services. The award was presented today during the 2019 CHIME Fall CIO Forum in Phoenix.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 3,200 members in 56 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME