Audacious Inquiry celebrates Lindsey Ferris’ award as Maryland HIMSS’ 2019 Extraordinary Woman Leader in Health IT

Baltimore, MD Dec 4, 2019 –
Audacious Inquiry (Ai), an industry leader in connected care, celebrates team-member Lindsey Ferris’ remarkable achievement of receiving The Maryland Chapter of the Health Information Management System Society (Maryland HIMSS) Extraordinary Women in Health IT Leader Award.

Dr. Ferris has been with Ai since June 2012 and is contracted full-time to serve as Program Director of HIE Projects for the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), the Health Information Exchange (HIE) supporting Maryland, DC, and partnered with the West Virginia Health Information Network. Through her role, she provides tremendous value to patients and clinicians by advancing the region’s information and technology solutions in support of public health initiatives. Namely, she facilitates Meaningful Use public health reporting, manages CRISP’s funding from Maryland Medicaid, and advances opioid and behavioral health-related efforts by driving the implementation of Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) technology.

Prior to supporting Ai’s work with CRISP, Dr. Ferris worked as a Client Engagement Executive at 3M CodeRyte, a natural language processing medical coding company, and she was a project manager for Epic Systems Corporation, installing pharmacy and oncology software.

She holds her DrPH in Health Policy & Management, Informatics and an MPH and Certificate in Public Health Informatics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctorate thesis analyzed predictive models to identify individuals at risk of fatal opioid overdose using multiple state-level datasets, including PDMP, criminal justice, and death data, linked at the person-level.

Scott Afzal, President of Audacious Inquiry, enthusiastically supports Lindsey’s recognition. He stated, “CRISP stands out not just regionally, but nationally, due to Lindsey’s work on PDMP technology and public health integrations. Lindsey is recognized as an expert and leader in the field by several agencies in Maryland and at the federal government level.” He added, “Few people can drive efforts forward like Lindsey. Lindsey has innovated and redefined how healthcare IT can be used to influence health outcomes.”

Additional praise was given by David Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer of CRISP. “Lindsey has been a consistent force in advancing CRISP’s work. Not only has she served patients in our state and the health IT community in remarkably impactful ways, she has also been a supportive teammate and admirable mentor who aspires to advance the careers of others. I am excited for her and offer my sincerest congratulations on receiving this well-deserved award.”

Colleagues from the health IT community attended the second annual Extraordinary Women Leaders in Health IT award reception hosted by Maryland HIMSS on December 2, 2019. Maryland HIMSS’ President, Kathryn Whitmore and Chair of Member Engagement, Dr. Ross Martin presented Dr. Ferris with the award and they described why she stood out as a candidate for this year’s recognition.

For more information about the Extraordinary Women Leaders in Health IT Award, visit Maryland HIMSS’s website to access their press release.


About Audacious Inquiry

Audacious Inquiry (Ai) is an industry-shaping health information technology and policy company that provides bold solutions for connected healthcare. Nationally recognized for its work to facilitate health data interoperability, Ai is a trusted partner to CMS, ONC, state Hospital Associations and Medicaid agencies across the country. The company delivers a cloud-based software as a service platform that is the catalyst for secure and smart health information exchange among physicians, hospitals, health plans, ACOs, MCOs, and public health agencies across 12 US states. Ai is raising the bar for how health data is shared, managed, and protected.


CRISP is a regional health information exchange (HIE) serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. A non-profit organization advised by a wide range of stakeholders who are responsible for healthcare throughout the region, CRISP has been formally designated as Maryland’s statewide health information exchange by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

Health information exchange allows clinical information to move electronically among disparate health information systems. The goal of the HIE is to deliver the right health information to the right place at the right time – providing safer, timelier, efficient, effective, equitable, patient-centered care. In doing so, CRISP offers a suite of tools aimed at improving the facilitation of care for our region’s health care providers.

About Maryland HIMSS Chapter

The Maryland Chapter of HIMSS is the statewide, locally led group of professionals with a focus on information technology in healthcare. With over 2200 members, the chapter provides several educational events and networking forums annually, while regularly convening important industry discussions with local, state and federal agencies. For the last five years, the Maryland Chapter has received the HIMSS Presidential Level designation for Recognition of Advocacy Award.