AMIA Presents John D. Halamka, MD, MS, FACMI, with Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics

Monday, November 16, 2015

BETHESDA, MD – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) honored John D. Halamka, MD, MS, FACMI, with the Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics presented during AMIA’s Annual Symposium, November 14 – 18 in San Francisco. 

“AMIA’s Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics demonstrates our highest recognition for members advocating for biomedical and health informatics in the public policy arena,” said AMIA Chair Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We congratulate John Halamka on his exceptional accomplishments.”  

This award recognizes significant contributions exemplifying the expertise, passion, and spirit that Dr. Detmer has for health policy. Recipients of this award demonstrate commitment to AMIA through membership and support of the organization’s mission by acting as a strong advocate for biomedical and health informatics in the public policy arena.

Dr. Halamka is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN) and co-chair of the National Health Information Technology (HIT) Standards Committee. As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3,000 doctors, 14,000 employees and two million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN, he oversees administrative data exchange in Eastern Massachusetts. As co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee, he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.

Dr. Halamka received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and a Master of Science in Medical Informatics from the Harvard/MIT graduate training program. He is also a practicing emergency physician.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the premier educational event in the field. The symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics and over 100 scientific sessions. The Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field -- translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

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AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.