IMIA Launches “Working Group of the Year” Award
New for 2012, IMIA is launching an “IMIA Working Group of the Year” Award. The Award will recognise and reward the IMIA Working Group (WG) that has been the most successful in the previous year, since the last IMIA General Assembly meeting, in its the efforts and achievements in support of IMIA’s mission. It will specifically recognise both outstanding accomplishments and team effort.
All IMIA Working Groups will be eligible to receive the award under the IMIA Working Group of the Year Award Program, and one award will be given every year. The Award will be made by the IMIA Board, on the recommendation of the Award Selection Committee, and the announcement and presentation made at the IMIA General Assembly meeting in a non-Medinfo year, and otherwise at the close of each Medinfo conference. The first Award, for 2012, will therefore be made at the 2012 IMIA General Assembly meeting.
The Award Selection Committee decides the Award winner on the basis of the Working Group Annual Reports, which will be revised to show how WG activities have matched the plan of activity produced by each WG. The current members of the Award Selection Committee are Hyeoun-Ae Park (VP for WGs/SIG), Peter Murray (CEO), Nancy Lorenzi (Past President of IMIA and Past VP for WGs/SIG), Reinhold Haux (Past President of IMIA), Elizabeth Borycki (VP for IMIA North America), and Jacob Hofdijk (VP for EFMI).
The launching of this new initiative was approved by the IMIA General Assembly at its meeting in Oslo, Norway on August 28, 2011. IMIA Vice President for Working Groups and Special Interest Groups, Dr Hyeoun-Ae Park, has lead this initiative, and has written to all IMIA Working Group Chairs and Vice chairs. In parallel, the 2011 IMIA General Assembly meeting approved new performance measurements for WGs, which formalise and bring up to date the traditions of the operation of WGs. Full details of the Award and the Performance Measurements are available for WGs on the IMIA website, via the WG/SIG section.
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