The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society have given the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award to Rick Schooler, vice president and CIO of Orlando Health in Florida, Modern Healthcare reports.
The award -- named after a 1960s health IT pioneer -- recognizes an individual for a lifetime of contributions to health care organizations and "innovation leadership" in the effective use of health IT.
Schooler has spent 21 years working in the health IT field at three organizations:
- Central Georgia Health System;
- Methodist Hospital of Indiana; and
- Orlando Health.
He also serves on the board of directors for the Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization and the industrial adviser board for Purdue University College of Technology.
In addition, Schooler has served on the CHIME board of trustees, chaired the CHIME Foundation, and participated in the CHIME Advocacy Leadership Team and the HIMSS Public Policy/Advocacy Committee.
Schooler will receive the John E. Gall Jr. CIO award at HIMSS' annual conference in Las Vegas on Feb. 23 (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 1/27).