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The 2009 Innovator Awards

The Winners

Organization

Votes

Page

Detroit Medical Center

690

p. 28

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

508

p. 34

BayCare Health System

416

p. 42

As we all know, throwing money at a project doesn't make it innovative. In fact, in today's climate, such cavalier spending isn't even possible. Today, the most successful CIOs realize their value is not in merely selecting a vendor, negotiating a contract and physically plugging everything in, but rather designing new and creative ways to overcome problems.

As such, HCI's Innovator Award winners can teach the industry, through their example, more than ever before. It's clear that anyone can spend their way to looking good, but how many can save their way to the same result? HCI Editors kept these ideas, and other criteria, in mind as we reviewed almost 70 nominations for our awards program, narrowing the selection to a final 10. After that, we placed those 10 nominations on our Web site for voting, and you responded as never before, with almost 2,000 readers taking part.

Our guess? Your interest in the 10 nominations was due to an intense appetite for original approaches to common problems. We think we've delivered some insight with the following extensive profiles of the winning organizations.

In tough times, only the creative survive. Read the profiles, learn the lessons and apply the newfound knowledge. Enjoy. - A.G.

Healthcare Informatics 2009 April;26(4):26-27