Emerging from the uncertain Internet world are healthcare providers that have successfully applied Web technology to their business and clinical challenges.
This year's winners of the third annual Innovation in Healthcare Information Technology Awards have improved communication between caregivers and patients, established e-commerce systems to streamline purchasing activities and used Web browsers to make data more readily available to the people who need it.
The awards are co-sponsored by MODERN HEALTHCARE and Cisco Systems, a San Jose, Calif.-based provider of computer networking systems and services. Four categories of awards are: clinical effectiveness, customer care, supply chain management and workforce optimization.
University HealthSystem Consortium in Oak Brook, Ill., won first place in the clinical effectiveness category, which recognizes an organization that has effectively used the Internet to improve clinical outcomes. University HealthSystem Consortium earned first place for its implementation of a Web-based tool that offers advanced clinical reporting capabilities through any Web browser.
Health Hero Network in Mountain View, Calif., won first place in the customer-care category, which recognizes an organization that has improved customer service using the Internet. Health Hero won for its Internet-based program that gives patient-care managers the ability to monitor and communicate with their patients on a daily basis.
Cimtek Commerce, which is a Johnson City, Tenn.-based provider of medical e-commerce services, earned first place in the supply chain management category, which highlights an organization that has leveraged the Internet to improve productivity through the supply chain
Cimtek won for its medicalbuyer.com Web site, which enables physician offices to make more informed and cost-effective purchasing decisions with the convenience and speed provided by the Internet.
And Affinity Health System in Menasha, Wis., won first place in the workforce optimization category, which recognizes an organization that has successfully used Internet technology to streamline employee services. Affinity was awarded for its corporate intranet, which allows employees to easily review their time/attendance and payroll/human resource information.
Award recipients receive a $5,000 donation that is given to the organization's foundation or to a designated charity.
This year's judges were:
* Mark Citron, vice president of information systems, IPC--The Hospitalist Co., North Hollywood, Calif.
* Adam Singer, M.D., president and chief executive officer, IPC--The Hospitalist Co.
* Thomas Collins, chief executive officer, Memorial Health Services, Long Beach, Calif.
* Scott Joslyn, senior vice president and chief information officer, Memorial Health Services.
* John Paul, executive vice president, UPMC Health System, Pittsburgh.
* Daniel Drawbaugh, chief information officer, UPMC Health System.