Small and medium-sized physician practices are now eligible to be honored for successful implementation of electronic medical records, with the creation of a new category for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual Davies Award of Excellence.
HIMSS previously had restricted the Davies Award, named for the late healthcare informaticist Nicholas Davies, M.D., to hospitals and health systems.
Independent primary care practices with up to 32 top- and midlevel practitioners--physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners--are eligible for the Primary Care Davies award if all practitioners are using an EMR system.
Winners will be asked to participate in a panel discussion at the annual HIMSS national conference about lessons learned in their EMR implementation, according to the Chicago-based organization.
"More (primary care practices) are going electronic and there's very little information being shared," says Pat Wise, director of electronic health records initiatives for HIMSS. "I've been hearing from primary care practices all over that they really need the expertise from their peers who have been successful."
Practices wishing to apply for the Primary Care Davies Award must submit a 10-to-15-page essay according to specific award guidelines no later than Aug. 15. After reviewing applications, the award committee will make site visits to finalists and announce the winner in October, HIMSS says.
Winners will be honored at the 2004 HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla., next February.