We’ve heard the winners or nominees for the Oscars, Golden Globes the SAG Awards and others in the last couple of weeks. Now it’s time for some health IT awards.
HIMSS recently announced its full list of 2008 award winners. Some, like the Davies Award recipients, had been made public earlier:
Industry Service Awards
CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award
Patricia Skarulis, VP and CIO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
Rosemary Kennedy, R.N., MBA
Chief nursing informatics officer, Siemens Medical Solutions
Physician IT Leadership Award
Brian R. Jacobs, M.D.
CMIO and executive director, Center for Pediatric Informatics, Children’s National Medical Center
ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering/IT Synergies Award
Todd H. Cooper
SHS-HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award
Lawrence E. Dux
Davies Awards of Excellence
Public Health Award of Excellence
• Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, Cherokee, N.C.
• New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, N.J.
Ambulatory Care Award of Excellence
• Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia
• Oklahoma Arthritis Center, Edmond, Okla.
• Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology, Lake Worth, Fla.
Community Health Organization Award of Excellence
• Columbia Basin Health Association, Othello, Wash.
• Community Health Access Network, Newmarket, N.H.
• New York Children’s Health Project, New York City
• White River Rural Health Center, Augusta, Ark.
Organizational Award of Excellence
• Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine
Books of the Year Award
“Developing a Data Warehouse for the Healthcare Enterprise”
By Bryan Bergeron, M.D.
“Keys to EMR Success: Selecting and Implementing an Electronic Medical Record”
By Ronald Sterling, CPA, MBA
Distinguished Fellows Service Award
Robin S. Raiford, R.N.
Outstanding Special Interest Group Member Award
Feliciano Yu, M.D.
Chapter Leader of the Year Award
Barry T. Ross
Lifetime Member Award
• John R. Freeman, Ph.D.
• Barbara Gerhardt
• Robert Kowalski
• Frank C. Overfelt
Board of Directors Service Award
• Margaret Amatayakul
• Victoria M. Bradley, R.N.
• Steven J. Fox, J.D.
• John T. Hansmann
• John C. Wade
John A. Page Outstanding Service Award
• Randy McCleese
• Charles Parker
• Barry T. Ross
Chapter Innovations Award
• Arizona Chapter – Small Chapter
• Tennessee Chapter – Large Chapter
• Iowa Chapter – Small Chapter
• Southern California Chapter – Large Chapter
HIMSS will recognize the 50 winners (yes, 50) on Saturday, April 4, at the Fairmont Chicago hotel. That’s quite a swanky joint. The only wedding I’ve attended there was black tie.
This week, we’ll find out the winners of the TEPR Awards. I’ll be on site in Palm Springs, Calif., to bring you news from this conference. Meantime, here are the finalists:
Personal Health Record Systems
• CapMed Personal Health Management Suite by CapMed
• Doctations by Doctations Inc.
• myHealtheVet by Department of Veterans Affairs
Hot Products, recognizing innovative products that bring the most benefits or positive change to healthcare.
• Doctations by Doctations Inc.
• iChart EMR by Caretools
• PrivacyLayer, RecruitSource and TrialsFinder by Private Access
• TapChart by ImageTrend
The finalists are making their presentations to judges and conference attendees this morning at the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel. The winners will be announced Monday morning during the TEPR opening session.
You will notice that the TEPR Awards are down to just two categories. Everything seems to be shrinking. The conference, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, actually is called TEPR+ this year, which may end up being a little ironic. I’m in Palm Springs now, and every indication I’ve gotten so far is that this conference is going to be the smallest TEPR in years.
The latest news is that we’re being asked to enter the conference via the Wyndham rather than main doors of the Palm Springs Convention Center. Perhaps this means that there is construction going on at the convention center, or has TEPR has downsized to the point that it only needs the hotel’s conference center? I’m on my way over there shortly for the pre-conference seminars to find out for myself.
Blame the economy, sure, but interest in and attendance at TEPR has been steadily declining since peaking in 2004 when David Brailer, M.D., gave his first public speech after being named national coordinator for health IT. This time around, most of the vendor meeting requests I have gotten have come from what could be called ancillary service providers, not vendors of core EMR systems. It’s gone back forth in the past, but this year, the Medical Records Institute is emphasizing the TEPR acronym on its own, not the full name, Towards an Electronic Patient Record (or some other variant, such as Towards the Electronic Patient Record or Toward an Electronic Patient Record).
I may have more on this later.