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CHIME Honors Ganguly for State Advocacy Leadership

ANN ARBOR, MI, September 14, 2011 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that Indranil “Neal” Ganguly CHCIO, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, NJ, has been awarded its third annual State Advocacy Award.

Ganguly is being recognized for his active involvement in CHIME StateNet and his commitment to the growth and success of state-wide initiatives to further the advancement of health information exchange and health IT adoption.

“I am honored to receive this award from my peers,” said Ganguly. “As the healthcare industry enters a period of great change, it is more important than ever for CIOs to get engaged in the public policy process.”

As its current Vice Chair, Ganguly has been a driving force of CHIME StateNet, an online network of CIOs and other health IT stakeholders intended to enhance communication and foster statewide coalitions on important matters related to the HITECH Act. As part of its efforts to facilitate robust and effective health information exchange, StateNet formed an HIE Workgroup where Ganguly serves as Chair. Earlier this year, he presided over the development of StateNet’s Guiding Principles, developed as foundational operating guidelines for regional extension centers (RECs) and HIEs.

“Neal is a tremendous asset to the state of New Jersey and its endeavors in health IT,” said CHIME Sr. Director of Advocacy Sharon Canner. “His colleagues in New Jersey recognize that and his fellow CIOs across the country do too.”

The CHIME State Advocacy Award was created to honor a member for their demonstrated leadership at the state level in educating policy makers on the value of HIT towards improved patient care. Ganguly represents one of CHIME’s many dedicated members who have helped the industry by influencing governmental policy and energizing colleagues to follow suit.

“This award recognizes leadership in state advocacy, but also honors those who have helped decision-makers at all levels of government understand the complexity of health IT and HITECH implementation,” said Canner.

Ganguly has been an active CHIME member for nine years and is also Chair of CHIME’s Fall Forum Planning Committee. He sits on the NJ HIMSS chapter board, having served as a past Secretary and past President, as well as currently chairing the Legislative Advocacy committee. Ganguly also served as Public Policy Chair for HIMSS Governmental Affairs during 2010 – 2011.

“Neal, with his commitment to advocacy and advancing health IT at the state level, is well deserving of this recognition,” said CHIME Board member Gretchen Tegethoff, CIO at The George Washington University. “His leadership in CHIME StateNet and in the state of New Jersey makes him the ideal recipient for this award.”

Tegethoff will present the award to Ganguly during a ceremony later today as part of National Health IT week in Washington, D.C.

“Neal is a thoughtful leader with significant experience who seeks input from many resources, and is very capable of synthesizing the information to make wise choices,” said Chair of CHIME’s Advocacy Leadership Team David Muntz, FCHIME, CHCIO, Senior Vice President and CIO at Baylor Health Care System. “In addition to CHIME activities, he is also very involved in HIMSS advocacy efforts, doing great work for the industry.”

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 70 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

Stephanie Fraser
Communications Coordinator
(734) 665-0000

Updated: 9/14/2011 10:11:36 AM