Dana SellersCo-founder & retired CEO, Encore Health Resources

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov. 2, 2017 – Dana Sellers, co-founder and retired CEO of Encore Health Resources, has spent her 30-year career championing the use of healthcare IT to improve patient care and outcomes. A skilled leader, she has been praised by the chief information officers (CIOs) she served and the staff she oversaw for her people-focused, solutions-driven approach.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) today awarded Sellers the 2017 CHIME Foundation Industry Leader Award for her exceptional dedication and contributions to the healthcare IT industry. The award, the highest honor given to a Foundation firm member, was announced at the CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, Texas.

“Dana has been a huge asset to our industry,” said Marc Probst, CIO of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the chair of the CHIME Foundation Board. “Whether implementing EHRs that physicians truly embrace, helping us grow our population health capabilities or finding ways to coax more value from our data, Dana always was looking for solutions that met our needs.”   

Sellers has held numerous prominent positions, including as a partner in IBM’s Global Business Solutions, where she oversaw the U.S. healthcare provider team; as president and COO of Healthlink; and as CEO of Encore Health Resources in Houston, which she co-founded with Ivo Nelson in 2009. Under her leadership, Encore served more than 190 providers and completed more than 500 projects in the U.S. that advanced healthcare IT.  She is now the retired CEO of Encore and a member of the board at emids, which acquired Encore earlier this year. She also has served on the boards of CHIME, the CHIME Foundation and the CHIME Education Foundation.

Sellers has witnessed the vast changes in healthcare IT that have taken place over the past three decades, and the benefits that effective implementation of healthcare IT have had for organizations, providers, payers and patients. She is recognized as a pioneer in electronic health record (EHR) strategy and rollouts and identifying IT solutions that support value-based care. Although she has been at the forefront of many of those changes, she sees her role as part of a team who collectively worked to implement technologies that facilitate care.  

“I am passionate about healthcare, and I have been privileged to be able to pursue that passion as a career, and share that passion with others,” she said. “I’m really just a small part of the work that has taken place. It’s truly a tribute to my team and the providers we have worked with, and to their dedication,” she said of the award.  

To learn more about the CHIME Foundation Industry Leader Award, click here.