Two tech-savvy physicians tied for the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group's Physician of the Year honors, presented Tuesday night at the annual Healthcare Information Management Systems Society conference in Orlando.
The winners are Jeffrey Johnson, M.D., an internal medicine specialist at the Central Utah Multi-Specialty Clinic in Provo, and Kevin Doody, M.D., an endocrinologist and co-founder of the Center for Assisted Reproduction in Bedford, Texas.
The MS-HUG awards are given each year by the Redmond, Wash.-based computer software giant to individuals and organizations for innovation and use of Microsoft technology to create business benefits and improve patient care.
Johnson is a member of the executive committee of the Utah group and chairman of its IT committee. He was the physician champion driving the implementation of an electronic medical records system at the group, which has offices at four sites. The system helped the group dramatically cut transcription costs, eliminate chart pulls, free up office space and improve coding, according to the software company.
The clinic installed the TouchWorks EMR from Allscripts in 90 days, according to Microsoft. CUMSC also won an award for Clinic of the Year.
Doody developed a wireless digital system to streamline patient documentation, cutting wait times for appointments and test results, enabling the clinic to increase patient volume 20%.
Other winners were:
- Acute Care - Clinical/Patient Information Systems: VISICU, eICU Solution, Ambulatory Care
- Administrative/Financial Systems: NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, NextGen EPM
- Clinical/Patient Information Systems: NextGen, NextGen EMR
- Hospital of the Year: Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla., for its installation of Sunrise Clinical Manager, an electronic medical records system that includes clinical provider order entry from Eclipsys Corp.
- Nurse of the Year: Jennifer Lane, R.N., Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, for her work in deploying tablet PCs in the emergency department.