The Crystal Award for Excellence in Healthcare Information Technology was created two years ago to honor outstanding achievement in the strategic and innovative application of such technology. The 1994 awards will be presented this week at the Healthcare Information Executives Forum in Beaver Creek, Colo.
In choosing the winners, judges weighed each nominated project's impact on the organization, giving preference to those that addressed overall strategic issues rather than technical concerns. Winners also were required to add to the body of knowledge in health information system applications, and to be of interest and value to all healthcare professionals. The awards are sponsored by Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Young and Shared Medical Systems Corp.
The judges were Wei-Tih Cheng, vice president of information systems at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York; John P. Glaser, vice president of information systems at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; Larry D. Grandia, vice president of information systems at Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, which won last year's Crystal Award; Richard Howe, associate senior vice president at University of Cincinnati Medical Center; James R. Paul, chief information officer at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville; Samuel Schultz, vice president of information services at University Hospital Consortium in Oak Brook, Ill.; and Jack Kowitt, vice president and chief information officer at Samaritan Health Systems in Phoenix, Ariz.