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Dr. Robert A. Jenders, MD, and his co-authors received the 2012 Health and Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Book of the Year Award

New Orleans, LA (January 23, 2013) – Dr. Robert A. Jenders, MD, and his co-authors received the 2012 Health and Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Book of the Year Award. Each year this award honors a book that provides unique, timely, and well-written practical guidance and insight for healthcare information and management systems professionals. They received the award for their book, Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide.

The HIMSS Board of Directors approved the selection of the award winners at its December 2012 board meeting in New Orleans, LA. HIMSS will honor all 2012 award and scholarship winners at the HIMSS Awards Banquet on March 5 in New Orleans. HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare.

Robert A. Jenders, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, is a Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Charles Drew University, as well as a faculty member of UCLA. He is a general internist who teaches and provides clinical care at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His research focuses on questions of knowledge representation and health information technology, specifically in the context of electronic health record systems.

“My coauthors and I hoped to leverage our research and operational experience in computer-based clinical decision support in order to provide comprehensive, practical advice to small and large health care organizations as well as individual practitioners regarding how to use this technology,” explains Dr. Jenders. “We have heard from a number of organizations and individuals that our book has served as an important resource in helping to improve patient care and clinical practice through the implementation of clinical decision support.” Dr. Jenders adds, “The knowledge that our work is being used to improve patient care and clinical outcomes is especially gratifying to me and my coauthors.”

HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations. Each year, HIMSS honors its members for their contributions to the Society, their organizations, and to health information technology.

“HIMSS congratulates its 2012 award and scholarship recipients for their individual achievements and contributions to their own organization in earning this recognition. We also honor the commitment and expertise of these members who, each day, help move forward our cause to improve healthcare delivery with the best use of information technology and management systems,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President/CEO.

An Implementer’s Guide. Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide