Healthwise, a not-for-profit health education organization, and HealthEast, a Minnesota health system, are the winners of the 1996 "Spirit of Innovation Awards."
InterHealth and 3M Health Care created the awards in 1993 to honor innovative programs that improve healthcare delivery. The awards will be presented this year during InterHealth's fall forum Nov. 6-8 in New Orleans.
Boise, Idaho-based Healthwise is the recipient of the fourth annual award in the innovative delivery practices category. The category focuses on programs that improve patient outcomes and community health.
Healthwise's communities project helps residents take a more active role in their own healthcare. In addition, it is working to reduce the costs and improve the quality of healthcare delivery by changing the way consumers make decisions. The organization has mailed a 335-page self-care handbook to residents in the Boise area. Healthwise also gives residents telephone access to registered nurses for health counseling.
The innovative business practices award went to St. Paul, Minn.-based HealthEast for its Orthopaedic Implant Registry. HealthEast was cited for improved organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
HealthEast created the first community-based computerized registry in the nation to track implant utilization and the cost and longevity of hip and knee replacements. The system said the program has saved it $3.6 million in hip and knee implant costs since 1993.
Each 1996 award winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
InterHealth is a not-for-profit healthcare organization of primarily Protestant institutions. It includes 80 hospitals, healthcare systems and physician groups. Both InterHealth and 3M are based in St. Paul.