Rick Schooler, vice president and chief information officer of three-hospital Orlando (Fla.) Health system, was named the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Schoolers project used a computer-integrated telephone and interactive voice response system from Nortel Networks to automate the hospital discharge process and shorten the time it took to discharge patients once they had been told by their physicians they could leave the hospital, according to the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based association of health IT professionals.
In addition, CHIME presented its Transformational Leadership Award to William Phillips, CIO, and George Hernandez, chief executive officer, of University Health System, San Antonio, for extending the use of its electronic health-record system across the hospital and seven community clinics.
Ralph Fargnoli, president and CEO of IT consultant Beacon Partners, Weymouth, Mass., was presented CHIMEs Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary leadership and integrity and creative and innovated application of technology and management principles over the course of a career. The awards were presented during CHIMEs Fall CIO Forum in Henderson, Nev.