NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - February 21, 2011) - HealthSpring, a leading Medicare Advantage plan, today announced that senior vice president Ashok Sudarshan was chosen to receive Healthcare IT News' 2011 HITMen and Women Award honoring him as a top leader in healthcare information technology. Named in the "Innovators, Up and Coming" category, Sudarshan will receive his award at a reception in Orlando this evening. 

Nine men and women were selected by more than 2,000 readers of Healthcare IT News to receive these awardsThe honorees span the breadth and depth of the healthcare IT industry and include policymakers, healthcare providers, technology vendors and healthcare payers.

"HealthSpring provides the highest quality and greatest value to our members through our innovative approach to healthcare delivery, and that spirit of innovation drives everything we do. In order to pursue innovation on behalf of our members, we must be able to access critical data on many levels," said Mike Mirt, president of HealthSpring. "Ashok's role is vital to our ability to efficiently manage information on an operation-wide basis. He is highly deserving of this award."

"It's an honor to receive this award," said Sudarshan. "I think it's a testament to the company culture at HealthSpring and our commitment to giving our members the best possible service and care. It's great to work with people that allow creativity and innovation to flourish -- it's one of the reasons I truly enjoy what I do. This award is really a reflection on HealthSpring."

About HealthSpring
HealthSpring is based in Nashville, Tenn., and is one of the country's largest Medicare Advantage coordinated care plans. HealthSpring currently owns and operates Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan. For more information, visit Media information is available at HealthSpring's press site: