The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) presented the 2014 Sullivan Award to Jon Zimmerman, General Manager, Clinical Business Solutions, GE Healthcare at WEDI-Con 2014 on October 23. Chosen by the WEDI Board of Directors, this award recognizes Zimmerman’s continuing efforts in advancing the efficiency of healthcare.
The Sullivan Award is named in honor of former HHS Secretary, Louis W. Sullivan, MD who created WEDI in 1991. On behalf of its members, WEDI has spearheaded the healthcare industry’s ongoing collective commitment to improve the quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of personal healthcare through the development and implementation of standards for administrative simplification.
The award was first presented to Dr. Sullivan in 2001 and recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their leadership, vision and achievements in advancing the overall quality and efficiency of healthcare. Zimmerman will join a notable group of industry leaders that have received the award since 2001, which includes Bernard J. Tyson (Kaiser Permanente) and Lorraine Doo (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
“Jon brings with him a distinguished career of healthcare business leadership, having influenced a number of strategic and meaningful innovations for the industry,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, President and CEO, WEDI. “We value his commitment to the advancement of health IT and look forward to the innovative ideas he has in store for our industry in the future.”
As General Manager of Clinical Business Solutions at GE Healthcare, Zimmerman has substantial knowledge in the healthcare and software industries. He began his career with IBM, earning numerous awards for innovation and engineering. Zimmerman later joined Siemens SMS, where he was instrumental in developing and operating HDX, an early leader in healthcare electronic data interchange. Zimmerman has also participated on several boards of directors in the health information industry including the WEDI, North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA), eHealth Initiative (eHI), National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT), and GHX.
“Receiving this prestigious award is a humbling experience for which I am truly grateful and honored,” said Zimmerman. “I appreciate WEDI’s sustained leadership over the last 20 years, particularly as we are at another inflection point in our industry’s transformation. We are extremely fortunate to work with dedicated professionals across the healthcare industry, and are energized by the contributions we will add as we move forward together to make healthcare better.”
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.