W. Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, Wins William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics at AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium

Monday, November 16, 2015

BETHESDA, MD – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) presented W. Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, with the William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics during AMIA’s Annual Symposium, Nov. 14 – 18 in San Francisco.

Introduced in 2013, AMIA’s Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics acknowledges people who have influenced our thinking about informatics, especially improving health and health care in ways that are visionary and transformative. Dr. William (Bill) Stead has led the nation in thinking about how biomedical informatics methods and architectures can improve health care systems for decades.

"AMIA is proud to honor Ed Hammond with the Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics,” said AMIA Chair Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We congratulate Dr. Hammond on his exceptional accomplishments, and thank him for his leadership and influence on the field of informatics, and commitment to AMIA’s mission."  

Dr. Hammond currently serves as the Director at the Duke Center for Health Informatics at Duke University. He also serves as the Director, Applied Informatics Research at Duke Health Technology Solutions, the Director of Academic Affairs for the Management Masters in Clinical Informatics program at Duke University and is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Since 1970, he has had extensive experience in the design and implementation of electronic health records. His interests in informatics range from health data standards, genomics and the EHR, translational research, coordination of care, public health and population health.

Dr. Hammond served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards.  He was a member of the National Library of Medicine Long Range Planning Committee and a member of the Healthcare Information Technology Advisory Panel of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. He has served on a number of National Institutes of Health review committees, testified on a number of occasions for the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and has presented to several Institute of Medicine committees. He is involved in several active grants. Dr. Hammond has served and is serving on a number of editorial boards, and has published over 300 technical articles.

Dr. Hammond earned his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.

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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.