The President’s Award, which recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary, lifelong contributions to improving the health of individuals, families, or communities, will be presented to Roy L. Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, FACMI, Professor, Assistant Dean for Technology Management, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Emory University. This is the highest individual achievement award given by the Academy and only awarded when someone has been identified as being truly fitting of the honor. Dr. Simpson’s trailblazing informatics work has made a critical impact on health care delivery and organizational change, especially through his innovative development of the Nursing Minimum Data Set, which has allowed for the standardized collection of essential data, a linchpin for systems optimization. A strategic thinker and executive, his excellence has been recognized through leadership positions in corporations, hospital systems, and academia as well as through appointments such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. “Dr. Simpson is a brilliant, tech and business savvy, health care expert who is known internationally for his ability to bring different groups and ideas together,” said Academy President Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We are pleased to celebrate him as the recipient of this year’s President’s Award and recognize his remarkable success in transforming our profession’s data systems.”
His induction is at the 1:36 minute mark.