Amanda Hammel, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Memorial Hermann Health System, was awarded the NonProfit/Public Sector CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award by HoustonCIO during this year’s event held on April 22.
“I am honored to be recognized with this prestigious award,” Hammel said. “This recognition by such a respected organization is not only a great personal achievement, but it is also a testament to the incredible work of everyone on my team at Memorial Hermann.”
Hammel is the executive leader of a team of more than 700 people that has been instrumental in coming up with IT solutions to improve health outcomes. For example, she and her team developed Everyday Well, an app designed to help patients manage their health care, from viewing records and test results to scheduling in-person and virtual appointments. When COVID-19 arrived in Houston, Hammel put together a plan for several thousand Memorial Hermann employees to set up a workspace at home. Additionally, in just a few days, her team established a massive COVID-19 vaccine enrollment system, allowing more than 75,000 people to register online for their vaccines in the first six weeks.
Hammel and her team have also helped Memorial Hermann move towards its vision to create healthier communities, now and for generations to come, by pulling together vast amounts of population health data that can be used to better understand our patients and our community, identify gaps in care and look for ways to better meet the community’s and our patients’ needs.
"I am thrilled to see Amanda recognized with the prestigious ORBIE Award," said Deborah Gordon, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Legal Officer for Memorial Hermann Health System. "Amanda fills a crucial role here at Memorial Hermann and is known for her leadership, creativity and solutions-based approach. Her efforts, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been outstanding and invaluable to our system.”
According to HoustonCIO, the CIO of the Year ORBIE Award is the premier technology recognition program in the United States. The ORBIE honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process led by prior ORBIE recipients based upon leadership and management effectiveness, business value created by technology innovation, and engagement in industry and community endeavors.