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Dr. Judith J. Warren Honored with 2014 IHTSDO Award for Excellence

Judith J. Warren, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FACMI received the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) Award for Excellence on October 28 during the IHTSDO Business Meeting and Showcase in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The Award for Excellence was established in 2008 to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of SNOMED CT and/or its successful implementation in any aspect of health and social care across the world. Dr. Warren is the first U.S. nurse and the second U.S. informatician to receive the award. Dr. James Campbell was the inaugural recipient in 2008.

In introducing Dr. Warren at the IHTSDO Awards dinner, Susan Matney described her as “… an advocate for the patient, a role model for informaticians, and a diligent promoter of IHTSDO and SNOMED CT for use in creating policy and tools to implement the highest quality and safest patient care for the lowest cost.”

Dr. Warren has been an elected member of an IHTSDO Standing Committee since the organization was founded in 2007. She served first on the Quality Assurance Committee and is currently on the Content Committee. Her contributions to SNOMED and to the cause of health data standardization long predate the IHTSDO, however. She became involved with SNOMED in 1995, when the American Nurses Association appointed her as the official ANA liaison to the SNOMED Editorial Board. Among many other contributions, Dr. Warren has previously served as a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and chair of its Standards Subcommittee, as co-chair of HL7's Patient Care Technical Committee, and on the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.