OSEHRA Announces 2016 Award Winners

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce the award winners from the 2016 OSEHRA Open Source Summit. The OSEHRA community chose to honor these four individuals based on their outstanding achievements in health information technology and innovative health care.  Awardees were selected via a community nomination and election process.

We would like to thank the 2016 Awards Committee for its due diligence and commitment to the community.  The Committee was chaired by Fabian Lopez of DSS, Inc. and members included Guy Esten of Apex Data Solutions and David Whitten of World VistA.

The 2016 Government Leadership Award was a dual award to Keith Magoon and Robert Silverman in recognition of their outstanding leadership and key support to the open source community.   Keith Magoon, Senior Program Manager at OIT and Project Manager for VIMM has been working to increase collaboration between VA and the open source community.  Robert Silverman, Pharmacist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has made a large impact on VA Pharmacy and Clinical Informatics.  

The 2016 Innovation Award went to Sam Habiel, Director of Technology at VistA Expertise Network in recognition of his outstanding innovations and contributions to the open source community.  Previously, he was a pharmacist at Indian Health Services, a Clinical Applications Manager, and a VISTA EMR Implementation Consultant.  He is known for his creative problem solving and innovative ideas.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Nancy Anthracite, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer of World VistA in recognition of her career-long accomplishments and contributions to the open source community.  She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and worked in a medical clerkship at the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center.  Additionally, she worked in private practice in Florida, has 14 years of medical practice in Washington D.C. area seeing patients at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office, and has worked with and supported World VistA since its inception. World VistA is a volunteer-based open source community that works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Nearly 300 academics, clinicians, developers, government officials, industry leaders, and members participated in the 2016 OSEHRA Open Source Summit—with representation from the United States, Canada, Germany, India, Jordan, Slovenia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.   The Summit was made possible due to DSS, Inc., our Conference Sponsor, as well as other Sponsors including InterSystems, Apex Data Solutions, HSPC, FIS GT.M, Kitware, KRM Associates, Red Hat, TSRI, Book Zurman, BITS, and Eastern Informatics.

Plans are underway for the 2017 OSEHRA Open Source Summit. Information will be available at summit.osehra.org.