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Marion J.Ball  is Senior Advisor, Research
Industry Specialist, Healthcare Informatics,
IBM Research. She is Professor
Emerita, Johns Hopkins University School
of Nursing and Affiliate Professor, Division
of Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine. Dr. Marion Ball
is an international innovator, educator, author,
and leader with over thirty-five years
of experience in the healthcare IT community.
Dr. Ball is a member of the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) and serves on the National
Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents. She
is a founding board member of the Health
on the Net (HON). She has served on the
American Medical Informatics Association
(AMIA) Board, and has served as President
of the International Medical Informatics Association
(IMIA), the International Medical
Informatics Association. Dr. Ball has twice
served on the board of the College of Health
Information Management Executives
(CHIME). In 2004, she was elected to the
Health Information Management Systems
Society (HIMSS) Board, where she served
for three years. She served from 2003-2007
as a member of the American Health Information
Management Association/ Foundation
of Record Education (AHIMA/FORE)
Board. From 2007-2009, she served on the
Advisory Council for the Department of
Biomedical Informatics at the University of
Pittsburgh, and most recently has been in
vited to serve on the International Advisory
Committee for the China Hospital Information
Management Association (CHIMA).
She is a visionary in the field of health informatics
and has worked in the federal, academic,
and private sectors, and has published
some of the core texts in the field of
health informatics. Two of her latest book published

in 2015 and 2016  are entitled "Health Information
Management Systems: Cases, Strategies,
and Solutions "(4th Edition) and the
second edition of "The History Of Medical Informstics In the United States"                                  S In addition, her book "Consumer Informatics" received the
Book-of-the-Year Award at the HIMSS National
Convention in Dallas, Texas in February
2005. In January 2015 she published,
"Introduction to Nursing Informatics," 4th
Edition . In 2007, she was a coeditor
of Aspects of Electronic Health Record
Systems in the series entitled Health
Informatics and the 4th Edition of Nursing
Informatics: Where Technology and Caring
Meet was published January 2011. There are
now over 65 volumes in the series published
by Springer-Verlag. Previous editions of her
nursing books have been translated into
Portuguese and Chinese, Japanese, German,
Korean, and Polish. Dr. Ball has received numerous
academic, national and international
awards for her contributions to the field of
health informatics. She is the recipient of
such coveted awards as the Morris F. Collen
Lifetime Achievement Award from ACMI/
AMIA, the Award of Excellence—a lifetime
achievement award from International
Medical Informatics Association (IMIA),
and the Distinguished Service Award from
AHIMA. Dr. Ball was selected as one of
the 50 most influential IT professionals by
HIMSS over the last 50 years. This was documented
in the HIMSS publication HIMSS
50 in 50, debuted at the HIMSS Annual 50th
Anniversary Meeting in February 2011. She
is an honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau
International and was inducted as an Honorary
Fellow into the American Academy of
Nursing (AAN). Most recently, she was invited
to serve as an International Advisor
to the Board of the China Hospital Information
Management Association (CHIMA)
and was given the Lifetime Membership
Award by HIMSS for 30 years of service and
major contributions to the field of health informatics.
Dr. Ball is Professor Emerita at
Johns Hopkins University in the School of
Nursing and is currently an affiliate Professor
in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics
in the school of medicine at Johns
Hopkins University. She is also an affiliate
Professor in the Department of Information
Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore
County as well as holding an appointment
at the Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences in the Department
of Biomedical Informatics. As an educator
and speaker, Dr. Ball has led workshops and
lectured on various aspects of health informatics
worldwide. She has dedicated much
of her career to the field of Nursing Informatics
and is a founding member of the
TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding
Education Reform) Foundation initiative
which addresses the importance of integrating
the most current enabling technologies
into the nursing profession from bedside
practitioners to researchers. TIGER has
moved into the inter-disciplinary environment
and as of 2014 is part of the HIMSS
Foundation. Most recently, she has concentrated
on patient safety, process engineering,
and change management, and clinical point
of care initiatives in healthcare. Dr. Ball
works both nationally and internationally
on patient safety, nursing, the electronic
health record, and point of care initiatives.
Dr. Ball has written and edited 27 books
and over 200 journal publications and book