A federally sponsored coalition is looking for a few good uses of the information highway.
The best among them will be singled out for the first National Information Infrastructure Awards in the categories of healthcare, arts and entertainment, business, community, education and government.
The awards, to be presented next spring, are part of the National Infostructure Campaign, an education initiative to build awareness of the ways people can use and benefit from an electronic network dubbed the "national information infrastructure."
The campaign is sponsored by more than 50 industry, government and community organizations, including MODERN HEALTHCARE, and by the Clinton administration's Information Infrastructure Task Force.
Judges will select winners based on how well they demonstrate the capability of the network, the practical benefits they produce and their ability to encourage broader use of the information network.
In healthcare, judges will be looking for uses "that elevate the health status and wellness of Americans, improve the quality, cost effectiveness and access to healthcare, or further health research."
The national information infrastructure is the combination of public and private networks, computers and electronics-including what's popularly called the Internet-that allows communication and information exchange anytime and anywhere.
Information on the awards can be obtained on the Internet at [email protected], or from the program's organizer, Access Media, at 313-453-9137. The deadline for entries is Dec. 15.