HOUSTON (May 12, 2016) – Ivo Nelson, healthcare innovator, serial entrepreneur and Global Healthcare Alliance board member, on April 19 was named the first recipient of the John P. Glaser Health Informatics Innovator Awardby The John P. Glaser Health Informatics Society.

The John P. Glaser Health Informatics Society was established this year by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) in recognition of the expertise and leadership of John P. Glaser, PhD, who is a universally recognized thought leader in the field of health informatics. The Society was created to recognize innovators in the field of health informatics and provide education, collaboration, and networking opportunities for the broader community of health informatics professionals, clinicians, and students.

Nelson will be inducted into the Society by Dr. John P. Glaser; SBMI dean, Dr. Jiajie Zhang; and SBMI associate dean for applied informatics, Dr. Robert Murphy. The inaugural event in October will include a lecture by Nelson, followed by a reception in his honor.

“Ivo is a nationally renowned leader in both the healthcare and technology industries,” said John W. Adams, Jr. “His passion for innovation and technology, visionary approach and entrepreneurial spirit are evident in all he has done, and continues to do. We are fortunate and honored to have him on our board, and we congratulate him on this prestigious honor.”

Nelson is presently Chairman and CEO of Next Wave Health, an investment firm that facilitates success among start-ups and early stage companies by providing a comprehensive package of experience, tools, IP, relationships, and financial support that translates to long-term success.

Among many honors and achievements, Ivo Nelson was named to the HIMSS “50 in 50” list, which recognizes the top 50 contributors to the healthcare IT industry in the past 50 years. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CHIME, the HIMSS Leadership Award, and the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.