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Five physician informaticists and four healthcare organizations are winners of the 2008 Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems' Awards for excellence and achievement in applied medical informatics.
Health IT Strategist broke the news regarding this year's recipients on May 9. The awards will be presented today at the 17th Annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium in Ojai, Calif. For more information on the symposium, visit amdis.org.
The winners reflect "an explosion of applied medical informatics in the world," said AMDIS President William Bria, chief medical information officer of Shriners Hospitals for Children system, based in Tampa, Fla. For the second straight year, AMDIS has presented an award to an institution outside the U.S.
As healthcare IT advances, the award winners increasingly reflect achievement beyond the installation of a single application, Bria said.
"These are guys who have actually moved an organization," Bria said. "The good news is that our lifelong vision of trying to get healthcare using systems is starting to happen, but the interoperability issue hasn't gone away," he said. "You've got all this stuff out there, but it's not talking to one another." The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology "needs to be more insistent and go beyond a Good Housekeeping seal of approval and say, 'It must exchange, it must connect,' " referring to IT systems.