AHIMA CEO Named To List of Most Powerful Women in Health IT
AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, was named as one of Health Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. There were 75 women on the list, in three categories: CIOs and HIT executives, provider and payer executives, and thought leaders. Gordon was one of 25 women chosen for the thought leaders category, alongside health IT figures such as US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, acting assistant secretary for health in HHS, and National Coordinator for Health IT.
Gordon and her fellow health IT influencers will be honored by the publication, Health Data Management, at a day-long event in Boston on May 12. The event will include an awards ceremony as well as workshops and panel sessions devoted to professional development and mentorship topics.
Gordon has worked in health IT for 30 years, in roles including: assistant vice president, Hospital operations, Rush University Medical Center and director of Rush University Medical Center Children’s Hospital; administrator, Houston Medical Center; COO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, among others.
“As CEO of AHIMA, I encourage a participative, team-oriented leadership style. I enjoy seeing staff grow and shine while providing support and recognition for their expertise and contributions,” Gordon says. “It is never one person that creates success, but a diverse team working together to achieve goals they never thought possible.”
Among other initiatives, Gordon was recognized for her leadership in helping AHIMA drive the adoption of information governance (IG) throughout the healthcare community to ensure that information is trustworthy, appropriately accessible, accurate, and actionable.
“At AHIMA, we believe that every person should have access to their health information where and when it is needed so they can make informed decisions about their healthcare. This is why we feel Information Governance is a strategic imperative in healthcare. IG provides a framework of accountability to ensure information is trustworthy, secure and available where and when it is needed,” Gordon says.