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Release No: 169-05
February 17, 2005

DoD Information Technology Leadership Recognized

The Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed today that Connie A. Gladding, chief enterprise architect for the military health system, was selected for senior member status by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) on Feb. 13 at its annual conference in Dallas, Texas. HIMSS is the premier association for leadership in the management of technology, information and change in healthcare and senior member status is its highest recognition of professionalism in the health information management.


Gladding oversees the development, implementation and use of clinical, administrative and management information technology system for the military health system (MHS) information management and information technology programs. These systems automate many processes that ensure effective high-quality health care for active duty and retired members of the seven uniformed services, retirees and eligible family members and survivors.


Prior to her position with DoD, Gladding worked as a self-employed independent consultant for the past six years, advising senior government program managers; federal, state and industry chief information officers; government relations firms; information technology providers; and health care executives. She also served in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years, including serving as deputy, CIO for Navy medicine and the executive officer for the Naval Medical Information Management Center, responsible for the healthcare information management in all Navy healthcare settings, both land-based and afloat. She is a certified professional in healthcare information and management systems, and served as an officer and on the board of directors of the Society of Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Scientists. She also is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University, earning a masters in technology of management and a masters in education.


The MHS is an integrated healthcare delivery system providing accessible, high-quality and cost effective health care services to 9.1 million beneficiaries worldwide.

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