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Dr. Shafiq Rab of Hackensack University Medical Center Named CHIME Innovator of the Year

November 3, 2015 04:56 PM
Shafiq Rab, M.D., vice president and chief information officer of Hackensack University Medical Center, received the 2015 Innovator of the Year Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives at the CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum in Orlando

Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that Shafiq Rab, M.D., vice president and chief information officer, has received the 2015 Innovator of the Year Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).  Dr. Rab accepted the award on October 15 at the CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum in Orlando, FL.

The CHIME Innovator of the Year Award annually recognizes those who are at the forefront of adopting technology solutions aimed at arming clinicians and patients with information that can help them make better decisions, as well as reduce healthcare costs. Nominees are selected from a vast number of accomplished national CHIME members.

“Congratulations to Dr. Rab on receiving this prestigious award from CHIME,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “Since joining our team in 2012, his visionary leadership and guidance have propelled both our health network and medical center to be leaders in the field of healthcare delivery. Dr. Rab’s unique background as a medical doctor has greatly enhanced his understanding of Hackensack University Health Network’s strategic mission and goals.”

HackensackUMC is one of the first health systems in the nation to link patient-generated data from personal fitness devices and mobile apps to its electronic medical record, enabling clinicians to have a more complete view of a patient’s history. HackensackUMC also teamed with Infor to develop and implement open, vendor-neutral standards as part of the Argonaut Project. Launched in 2014, the Argonaut Project is a national effort geared around speeding up adoption of HL7’s standards framework, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).

Earlier this year, HackensackUMC was proud to accept President Barack Obama’s call to action to improve the interoperability of electronic health records as part of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. HackensackUMC is one of a very select group of organizations that has accepted and delivered on this challenge based on the medical center’s strength in healthcare information technology, early adoption and advancement of interoperability standards as well as its ongoing commitment to patient experience.

“I am humbled and honored by this honor,” Dr. Rab said. “It is a great recognition of the accomplishments of my team at Hackensack University Medical Center, as well as our partnership with outside partners and vendors. Our collective actions have significantly improved access to health data by the patient, while at the same time improving patient satisfaction.”


Shafiq Rab, M.D., vice president and chief information officer of Hackensack University Medical Center, received the 2015 Innovator of the Year Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives at the CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum in Orlando, FL.

From left to right:

Charles Christian, chair, CHIME board; Pamela Arora, senior VP, CIO, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and CHIME board member; Dr. Shafiq Rab, vice president and chief information officer, Hackensack University Medical Center; and Russell Branzell, CHIME CEO and president.


About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   







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