Siemens Healthcare Executives Recognized With New Industry Leadership Positions

Friday, April 18, 2008 General News
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MALVERN, Pa., April 17 Siemens Medical SolutionsUSA Inc. ( today announced a series of executiveappointments to new roles and leadership positions in numerous strategichealthcare industry organizations.

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Charlene Underwood, M.B.A., director of government and industry affairsfor Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services, has been elected to serve onThe Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) board. HIMSSmembers provide global leadership for the optimal use of healthcareinformation technology (IT) and management systems to optimize healthcareoutcomes. A nationally recognized expert in the field of healthcareinformatics, Underwood will use the breadth of her experience workingcollaboratively in diverse communities to develop and support HIMSSinitiatives that leverage the value of current IT investments as the industryadopts emerging interoperability standards. This will be especially criticalbecause of the current governmental push to increase access, improve qualityand reduce the cost of care.

"Siemens remains dedicated to furthering the adoption of informationtechnology in the healthcare industry," said Janet Dillione, chief executiveofficer, Health Services, Siemens Medical Solutions. "We are especially proudof Charlene for her recent nomination and election to the HIMSS Board by herindustry peers and of all of our executives who continue to devote themselvesto working collaboratively with organizations focused on improving the stateof healthcare."

In addition to Charlene's election, many Siemens executives have beenappointed to various industry committees, work groups and panels, including:

Donald Bechtel, chief privacy officer, Healthcare Data Exchange (HDX(R)),a service of Siemens Medical Solutions, was re-elected to the Board ofDirectors of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) torepresent ANSI-Accredited Standards Committee X12. Bechtel is currentlyserving his second term as co-chairperson of the X12N Health Care Task Group,which develops and maintains the financial and administrative healthcaretransactions used by the insurance industry for Health Insurance Portabilityand Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other purposes.

Hans Buitendijk, M. Sc., senior product manager, was named as a 2007Health Level Seven (HL7) Volunteer of the Year. The annual W. Edward Hammond,Ph.D. Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1997 and recognizesindividuals who have made significant contributions to HL7's success.Buitendijk was also re-elected to the HL7 Board of Directors. HL7 is anaccredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that provides standards forinteroperability that improve care delivery, optimize workflow, reduceambiguity, and enhance knowledge transfer among all stakeholders, includinghealthcare providers, government agencies, the vendor community, fellow SDOsand patients.

Michael Campana, ambulatory marketing & business manager, was elected aschairperson of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Vendors Association (EHRVA)Communications Work Group. The Work Group's mandate is to position theassociation, its members and its initiatives, as leading the healthcareinformation technology industry in the adoption of electronic health records.Campana will also continue to oversee the relationship and collaboration withthe HIMSS marketing and public relations teams and direct all externalmarketing, public relations and promotional outreach efforts of the EHRVA.

Joe D'Antonio, M.Eng., M.B.A., a senior manager for Soarian(R) HIM productdevelopment, and Denise Dunyak, M.S., R.H.I.A., marketing manager for SoarianHIM and EDM solutions, were both named members of the American HealthInformation Management Association's (AHIMA) Action Community for e-HIM(R)Excellence (ACE).

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