A regional health information network in Wisconsin has been named a finalist for a federally endorsed award that singles out creative use of the nation's existing electronic information transfer capabilities.
The Wisconsin Health Information Network, a joint venture between telecommunications giant Ameritech and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care, was chosen from among more than 500 entries in the National Information Infrastructure Awards competition launched a year ago.
WHIN now links 13 hospitals, more than 1,100 physicians, nine clinics and seven insurance companies, including Wisconsin's Medicare fiscal intermediary.
A total of 36 finalists were named in six categories: government, health, arts and entertainment, business, community, and education. The diverse finalists include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge World Tour Website.
The awards are part of a national effort spearheaded by Vice President Al Gore to promote innovative use of the national data-transfer network, first developed as a secure communications vehicle for the Department of Defense and part of the worldwide network called the Internet.
Among the more than 70 industry, community and government sponsors of the awards are AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Lotus Development Corp., MODERN HEALTHCARE and the U.S. Postal Service.