ALBANY, N.Y., July 7, 2006 — George Hickman, senior vice president and chief information officer at Albany Medical Center, has been named chair of the board of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a national organization with more than 20,000 members.
Hickman has been a member of the organization since 1981, and has served on the HIMSS Analytics board, the Electronic Health Record Steering Committee, and the Committee on Certification for Professionals in Health Information Management Systems.
“I am both honored and humbled to lead the HIMSS board,” Hickman says. “It is a career event—what a great way to cap my 25th year of membership.”
HIMSS was founded in 1961 and is focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of health care information technology and management systems. The HIMSS mission is to “advance the best use of information and management systems for the betterment of health care.”
Hickman, a nationally known expert in health care information systems, came to Albany Med in 2003 after serving in two academic health systems CIO roles and as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP. At Albany Med, he is responsible for overseeing all information and clinical technology activities throughout the institution including the current move toward an electronic health record.