Global health info and tech group celebrates innovative thinkers and leaders
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has selected UC Davis Health’s Ashish Atreja as a member of its prestigious Future50 Community for 2021. Each year, the non-profit global advisory organization, which focuses on information and technology in health care, selects and celebrates top digital health leaders from around the world.
Atreja serves as the health system’s chief information and digital health officer. A new cohort of 50 top global leaders is invited to join the HIMSS’ community every year. Alumni also serve as leaders and mentors to inspire future generations of change. Members work alongside HIMSS and the global healthcare community to overcome systemic health challenges by addressing gaps and needs at local and regional levels.
HIMSS recognized Atreja in its “Innovation Leader” category of the Future50 honors. This group of leaders works to develop innovative solutions by harnessing emerging, disruptive, and cutting-edge technologies to address healthcare challenges.
In addition to innovation, the Future50 Community annually includes leaders in clinical, government, health IT, and patient advocacy.
“It’s truly an honor to be selected among the Future50 Class of 2021,” said Atreja, upon hearing the news of his selection. “The recognition from a respected health-technology organization also speaks to the enhanced opportunities UC Davis Health now has to collaborate with other top-tier digital health organizations and experts. It will enable us to further bolster our digital health leadership on a national and international basis.”
HIMSS provides the Future50 Community with a platform to connect and promote the progression of the global digital health agenda. Members have the opportunity to participate in dedicated activities and leverage their expertise as content leaders within the HIMSS framework. Atreja’s selection may include collaboration opportunities with HIMSS publications and innovation efforts.
Atreja came to UC Davis Health in December 2020 from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Trained as a gastroenterologist, he served as Mount Sinai’s first chief innovation officer and director of Sinai AppLab. He is often referred to as “The App Doctor” for his work in using digital health apps with electronic health records.
In addition to a medical degree, Atreja holds a master’s in public health, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is overseeing the expansion of UC Davis Health’s digital relationships with patients and with other hospitals, working to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and aiming to transform the health system into a global hub for digital health.