Peggy O’Kane Named One of the 75 Most Powerful Women in Health Care IT. NCQA is proud to announce that Peggy O’Kane, our president and founder, has been named one of the 75 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT by Health Data Management.
Awards are broken into three categories: Thought Leaders, Provider/Payer Executives (Peggy is in this category) and CIOs/IT Leaders. All 75 women will be honored at Health Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference on May 12, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Peggy O’Kane – Early Health Care IT Influence
Peggy was at the forefront of health care quality when she started NCQA 26 years ago. As written in the Health Data Management’s award announcement, “as founder of NCQA, O’Kane put forth the mission and vision that quality of health care can and should be measured. In many ways, she was the front-runner of value based healthcare. Under O’Kane’s leadership, NCQA developed HEDIS as a means of measuring that quality, and it is widely used now to shape federal health IT incentives, including meaningful use and now measures under Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The collection of health data using health IT is largely due in part to her. She has helped move the health care industry toward interoperability.”
Peggy has received numerous previous awards, including the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Presentation Award, the agency’s highest honor; The Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award, from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership; and the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care.
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