Uba Backonja named "emerging leader" by informatics association

Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Assistant Professor Uba Backonja will be mentored for the next year by top informatics professionals.

UW Tacoma Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Assistant Professor Uba BackonjaThe Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), an international nursing informatics professional association, has named UW Tacoma Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Assistant Professor Uba Backonja one of two “emerging leaders” in the field of nursing informatics for 2018-19.

The honor carries with it a year’s-worth of mentoring by top practitioners in the field. Backonja will be mentored by Laura Heerman Langford, a nurse informaticist at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. Langford is also an executive with HSPC, a Salt Lake City-based consortium working on data sharing and exchange in the health care industry. Backonja will also be mentored by Patricia Mook, who is the chief nursing informatics officer at Inova Health System, based in northern Virginia, outside Washington, D.C.

 “This recognition of Uba’s work is a great honor both for her and for the Nursing & Healthcare Leadership program at UW Tacoma,” said program director Sharon Fought. “Nursing and healthcare continue to be transformed by technological innovation. Uba’s designation as an ‘emerging leader’ is a terrific example of faculty and programs at UW Tacoma working to improve the region’s health.”

ANI’s emerging-leader program is sponsored by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS).

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John Burkhardt / January 26, 2018
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu