WEDI Announces Kym Martin Named One of the Top 15 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015

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The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation’s Patient Experience Council co-chair, Kym Martin, recognized among other renowned women leaders for achievements in advancing healthcare progress

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Kym Martin brings passion and perspective to all facets of the work the Patient Experience Council is doing, and she is incredibly deserving of this recognition alongside the other remarkable women making an impact on healthcare.

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, in partnership with The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation, announces Kym Martin, MBA, CNC, CFT has been named as one of the 15 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015. Martin is co-chair of The Sullivan Institute’s Patient Experience Council, an organization offering guidance to the healthcare industry on how to improve the consumer experience for patients and caregivers.

Disruptive Women in Health Care, an award-winning digital platform spotlighting women whose achievements and provocative ideas are advancing healthcare progress, annually names its list of top “Disruptive Women to Watch” for the coming year. Traditionally having focused on women who have broken new ground in health practice, research, technology or entrepreneurship, this year’s selections spotlight women who are shaping 21st century healthcare beyond those walls into legal, environmental and financial arenas as well.

Kym Martin is a three-time, 30-year cancer survivor who is passionate about enhancing the patient experience in healthcare. Martin is an appointed co-chair for the Patient Experience Council affiliated with the Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation and WEDI. The Patient Experience Council represents a collective voice of ePatients and eFamily Caregivers committed to elevating the patient experience from the patient perspective. They are charged with the implementation of the Patient Engagement recommendations set forth in the 2013 WEDI Report, a comprehensive document that the Department of Health and Human Services has adopted as the roadmap for the next generation of healthcare integration in the U.S.

As an ePatient, consultant and speaker, Martin has provided keen patient perspective for other various organizations such as the Defense Strategies Institute (DSI), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), HIMSS Connected Patient Committee and HIMSS National Capital Area chapter, as well as Health Datapalooza and mHealth Summit conference events.

“Kym is an invaluable contributor, advocate and leader to the Sullivan Institute’s mission of improving the patient experience in the healthcare system,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, President and CEO, WEDI. “She brings passion and perspective to all facets of the work the Patient Experience Council is doing, and she is incredibly deserving of this recognition alongside the other remarkable women making an impact on healthcare. WEDI congratulates her on this well-deserved achievement.”

Other Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015 include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, television personality and activist Maria Shriver and Baroness Martha Lane Fox, tech entrepreneur and Member, House of Lords, among a dozen other great women. The honorees will be formally recognized at a gala reception at the Gaylord Conference Center at National Harbor on Tuesday, December 9 as part of this year’s mHealth Summit.

About the Sullivan Institute
The Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, named in honor of The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. Its mission is to bring healthcare leaders together to share knowledge needed to transform the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery through education, cooperation, communication and innovation.

About WEDI
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit http://www.wedi.org.

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