A hospital, two physician-led teams and two individual physicians were named winners of the 2005 AMDIS awards for excellence and achievement in applied medical informatics.
Choosing winners from a field of 66 applicants was harder this year for the judges as the field of medical informatics expands and matures, said Rich Rydell, executive director of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, the not-for-profit organization that has sponsored the award for the sixth year.
"In the past, this was something unique," Rydell said. "You can see it moving toward this commodity type of thing. The nominations are coming from chief executive officers and other types of executives in the organization. It's the expectation that (IT) is going to happen. Everything is coming together."
Then Rydell checked himself, noting that despite the increased national interest in clinical information technology, "I don't want to go overboard. We still have very low levels of success out there."
The awards will be presented at the 14th Annual Physician-Computer Connection Symposium July 20-22 in San Diego. For more information, see amdis.org.
The AMDIS Award winners are:Brian Patty, M.D., medical director of clinical information systems at 141-bed Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minn. Patty, a specialist in emergency medicine, is the physician advocate for a four-hospital deployment of integrated clinical information system. Clinicians at his hospital have achieved 100% compliance with computerized order entry and have online access to 99% of all results.Thomas Tinstman, M.D., who leads the clinical information systems division at the University of California-Davis Health System. Under Tinstman, 526-bed UC-Davis Medical Center has implemented an electronic medical records system, a Web-accessible digital radiology system and a patient-provider Web-based messaging system. Gerald Ehrsam, M.D., director of medical informatics at Licking Memorial Health Professions, along with the 70-clinician, not-for-profit physicians organization developed by Licking Memorial Health Systems of Newark, Ohio. Ehrsam, an internist, has chaired the group's quality and electronic medical records committees and leads the health system's quality data development project group. The health professions group has developed its own clinical quality indicators that it tracks by random monthly chart audits and data-mines an electronic medical record system it adopted four years ago. Physicians are paid quarterly based on results from quality indicators.Darrick Nelson, M.D., medical informatics fellow at 814-bed Christus Spohn Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Christus Mobile Healthcare Team. Nelson worked closely with Cathy Duffy, a registered nurse and manager of clinical applications, and Esmeralda Comeaux, an application analyst on the physician support team, to oversee the deployment of a system to access patient data, including lab results, on personal digital assistants, or PDAs. The team is adding charge capture and e-prescribing applications to the system.Providence Portland (Ore.) Medical Center, an early hospital adopter of wireless technology. The hospital hosts an array of clinical information systems from multiple vendors accessible with a single sign-on to physicians via a physician portal that gives them anytime/anywhere access to clinical information.