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Agents of Change

December 25, 2007
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Welcome to our annual Innovator Awards issue, where we profile nine of the most impressive leaders in the field. The selection process is long, with nominations coming in from throughout the industry, followed by an extensive review process where our editors make their selections. We feature the winning innovators in nine personal profiles of their professional accomplishments and personal style. The profiles examine who the innovators are, what makes them tick and their contributions to the industry. Enjoy our package of stories and learn what it takes to get things done. p. 12

In our fifth installment of “Transformation Diary,” page 44, Suresh Gunasekaran continues detailing the implementation of an EMR at UT Southwestern Medical Center University Hospitals in Dallas. This issue examines a re-opening of some longstanding wounds between the physicians and the IT department.

Preparing tomorrow's clinicians means teaching them how to make the most of PDAs. Our case report, “The Future's in Your Hands,” page 48, visits the Indiana University School of Medicine, where future physicians are more likely to be associated with their PDAs than a prescription pad.

HCI Poll of the Month

Do you feel ONCHIT's program to define five healthcare IT terms (EHR, EMR, PHR, RHIO and HIE) to be:

A good and useful project: 83.33%

A good idea, but there are many other things to focus on first: 5.56%

A total waste of time: 11.11%