Once again, we at Healthcare Informatics have chosen to open our website for submissions to our Innovator Awards Program. As always, it is a great privilege and pleasure for us to sponsor this program. And as many readers know, the concept of team-base recognition, which began with the 2009 edition of the program, has encompassed numerous sets of multiple winning teams that our publication has recognized for their achievements across a very broad range of areas.
The Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program recognizes leadership teams from patient care organizations—hospitals, medical groups, integrated health systems, and other healthcare organizations—that have effectively deployed information technology in order to improve clinical, administrative, financial, or organizational performance. The Program also distinguishes vendor solution providers that have helped their clients shine in enhancing clinician workflow, exchanging data, or cutting down costs.
Indeed, this year, the Innovator Awards program will include two tracks for innovation recognition—one for healthcare provider organizations and one for technology solution providers. The winning provider organization teams last year were: UT Southwestern Medical Center, Scottsdale Health Partners, the Indiana Health Information Exchange, and Penn Medicine. Throughout this program’s history, the senior leaders of these winnings teams have described receiving the Innovator Awards as motivating them towards further innovation in healthcare.
On the vendor side, the 2016 winners in the three categories were: VMware and CoverMyMeds (Clinical Workflow Enhancement); Medfusion (Interoperability); and Strata Decision Technology (Cost Savings). Here, once again, we are looking for vendor companies in the U.S. healthcare IT space to submit entries that demonstrate customer success in controlling costs, enhancing clinician workflow, and improving interoperability.
What’s more, the winning teams will be featured in the January issue of Healthcare Informatics, will be honored at the prestigious Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Reception at HIMSS17 in Orlando, Fla., and will be recognized with a personalized achievement award and certificate.
At Healthcare Informatics, we are honored to be able to showcase these kinds of case studies from both providers and vendors; the achievements that they express exemplify the core of what we hope to encourage in U.S. healthcare today. At a time of unprecedented change in healthcare, now is as great a time as ever to showcase your innovations. Please consider submitting an entry to our program, and good luck in your entry!
--The Editors of Healthcare Informatics