AMIA 2014 Signature Award Winners

The Signature Awards program recognizes AMIA members who have made significant contributions to the field at various stages of their careers. The AMIA Board of Directors has endorsed the work of the Signature Awardees and the following people are the 2014 recipients.

Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award

Diane Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FACMI

Dr. Skiba is a Professor at University of Colorado College of Nursing and Informatics Specialty Coordinator. Since 1982, Dr. Skiba has devoted her career to the development of the field of nursing informatics. Her goal is to ensure healthcare professionals have the necessary informatics skills to provide quality team based and consumer-centric care. Over the course of her career she has been the recipient of several grants and has focused on the use of social networks to support consumers, students and faculty. Her most recent HRSA grant focuses on infusing of technologies (EHRs, e-health, patient portals and virtual worlds) to support interprofessional education and practice. She was the PI of an ONC University-based Training Grant (Colorado HITEC) to prepare workforce in specific health IT roles. The HITEC grant brought together the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health and Business. She served as Informatics Education Co-Director with Steve Ross, MD for Colorado Clinical &Translational Science Institute Informatics Core. From 2007-2012, she served as an appointed member of the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice. Department of Health & Human Services.

Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics


Judy Murphy is Chief Nursing Officer and Director, Global Business Services at IBM Healthcare. Prior to this she was Chief Nursing Officer and Director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. In both roles, she advances the vision of using health IT to improve health care, lower costs, and promote consumers’ greater understanding and use of health IT for their own health. Previously, she was Vice President-Electronic Health Record Applications at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, where she led their EHR program and was involved with health informatics for over 25 years.

She has a long-standing reputation of patient advocacy and maintaining a “patient-centric” point of view, and approaches her work with unyielding energy as well as dedication, passion, and commitment to the healthcare transformation enabled by technology. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on these topics. Judy has served on the AMIA and HIMSS Board of Directors. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics and HIMSS. She received the 2006 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, was named one of the “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better” in 2007 by HealthLeaders magazine, and was selected as one of 33 Nursing Informatics’ Pioneers to participate in the Nursing Informatics History Project sponsored by AMIA, NLM, AAN, and RWJF.

Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics

Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH

Dr. Mandl is Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Children’s Hospital Chair in Biomedical Informatics and Population Health. Through scholarship intersecting epidemiology and informatics, Mandl pioneered use of IT and big data for population health, discovery, patient engagement and care redesign. Mandl leads the transformative SMART Platforms initiative to design the “app store for health" and is principal investigator of the Scalable Collaborative Infrastructure for a Learning Health System across Boston hospitals and nationally. Recognized for research and teaching, Mandl received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the Clifford A. Barger Award for top mentors at Harvard Medical School. He was advisor to two Directors of the CDC and chairs the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIH’s National Library of Medicine. His clinical training and experience is in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Mandl has been elected to multiple honor societies including the American College of Medical Informatics, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Society for Pediatric Research, and American Pediatric Society.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

Charles Safran, MD, FACMI

Charles Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association and was previously Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Safran is co-Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics, a council member of the Health on the Net (HON) in Geneva, Switzerland and on the Board of Directors of Intelligent Medical Objects, a Northbrook, Illinois company.

Dr. Safran has helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems at the Harvard teaching hospitals. He led the development and deployment of their electronic health records which are used in all areas of ambulatory clinical practice. He has also worked on clinical decision support systems to help clinicians implement care guidelines, select diagnostic strategies for cancer patients, and treat patients with HIV/AIDS. He has developed telemedicine solutions to support parents with premature infants called Baby CareLink that he brought to the national market through a company he founded. He is now focused on improving family collaboration with the care of elders though the AHRQ supported InfoSAGE project.

Dr. Safran is currently the Clinical Informatics track chair for the Harvard Medical School master’s program in biomedical informatics and NLM informatics fellowship. He developed and currently teaches a graduate level course at HMS -- An introduction to Clinical Informatics. He also co-teaches a course called, Medicine and Management for third year medical students who are also enrolled at Harvard Business School. He has directly mentored 21 fellows since that time including the current CIO of the hospital. Several of these fellows have risen to national and international prominence.

During Dr. Safran’s tenure as President and Chairman of the American Medical Informatics Association, he initiated a broad national distance education program called the AMIA 10x10 program. He was also integral to AMIA’s outreach to ABMS to create the subspecialty of clinical informatics. Dr. Safran was part of the group who developed the core content documents for the subspecialty, and he led the group who specified training requirements for clinical informatics. He currently is on the exam committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine that has created the exam for the clinical informatics subspecialty, which has been adopted by all the specialties of ABMS.

Dr. Safran has over 190 publications and speaks to national and international audiences. He has testified for the U.S. Congress on Health IT. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics and holds a Master’s degree in mathematical logic and a Doctor of Medicine all from Tufts University.

William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics

John Glaser, PhD

John Glaser, Ph.D. currently serves as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Health Services Business Unit of Siemens Healthcare, where he is responsible for heading Siemens’ global healthcare IT business.

Prior to joining Siemens, Dr. Glaser was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Partners HealthCare, Inc. Previously, he was Vice-President, Information Systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Glaser was the founding chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and is the former chairman of the eHealth Initiative Board and the Board of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. He is a former Senior Advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

He is also past president of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and former AMIA board member. Dr. Glaser is a fellow of HIMSS, CHIME, and the American College of Medical Informatics.

Dr. Glaser has published more than 150 articles and three books on the strategic application of information technology in healthcare. He is on the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Medical University of South Carolina and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Glaser holds a Ph.D. in Healthcare Information Systems from the University of Minnesota.

AMIA New Investigator Award

Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD

Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Information with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health (Health Management and Policy). Her research focuses on policy and management issues related to the use of IT in healthcare delivery. Her specific domains of expertise include health information exchange, and the cost and efficiency implications of EHR adoption. Julia graduated with a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University. Her professional experience includes the Center for IT Leadership at Partners Healthcare in Boston and in the Health and Life Sciences Division of Accenture.