If any one thing is clear in today’s healthcare, it is this: that the purchasers and payers of healthcare in the United States, whether public or private, have put a giant collective foot down, and are demanding change. Their demands for transparency, accountability, improved clinical outcomes, greater cost-effectiveness, and enhanced patient and community satisfaction, are rocking the healthcare provider world.
Not all providers are moving forward with alacrity; yet some true pioneers are forging paths that will be offering models for strategic action that could be replicable U.S. healthcare system-wide. It is organizations like these whose accomplishments we at Healthcare Informatics strive to recognize, through our Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program.
This year, we are honoring four teams of pioneers spanning across the U.S. Each of these teams has done something extraordinary in innovating in healthcare, whether it is designing highly effective population health management programs for Medicaid managed care populations, applying population health strategies to pediatric populations, optimizing specialized surgery care processes for children, or engaging in intensive care management techniques to engage a medical group’s patients. We are excited to be able to share these very important stories with our readers.
What’s more, we are presenting capsule summaries of six additional Innovator Awards case studies, recognizing six Runner-Up teams whose accomplishments also deserve to be recognized and understood. All of the Runner-Up teams, in addition to the four winning teams, will be announced throughout this week, beginning on March 16.
Please join us in congratulating all the finalist and runner-up teams in this year’s Innovator Awards Program. We are honored and privileged to be able to share with you, our readers, these stories of accomplishment and innovation, with the hopes that many in the industry will be inspired to replicate—and perhaps even improve on—these noteworthy accomplishments.
—The Editors of Healthcare Informatics