If youre looking to add meaning to your healthcare information technology project, youve come to the right place. Welcome to Modern Healthcares inaugural IT Case Study Contest, where you, the reader, have the opportunity to tell your peers about your innovative IT projects, how those projects are improving patient care and how you intend to seek federal funding for those projects.
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How we whittled 48 entries down to the top five
The editorial competition is particularly timely given the governments proposed recommendations that would make it more difficult for healthcare providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 the longer they wait to implement their IT projects. You can read more about those recommendations in last weeks issue in a cover story by IT reporter Joseph Conn (June 22, p. 6).
In this special section, we announce and publish the five winning IT case studiesfirst place through fifth place. Please join us in congratulating this years recipients.
Heres how we did it. On May 4, we announced the competition, which is designed to recognize healthcare IT implementation projects that have improved care and that also may be eligible for funding under the economic stimulus law. The original submission deadline was June 1, but we extended that until June 8 to accommodate a handful of late entries.
Healthcare organizations or corporations whose primary function was providing healthcare services to patients or financing healthcare services for patients were eligible to participate. IT vendors were not eligible to participate. Submissions were required to be written by a chief information officer or senior-level IT executive and must have included the following:
- A description of the health IT or system adopted, including cost, manpower and other resources needed.
- Evidence of how the health IT or system is being used to improve patient care or patient-care delivery.
- The strategy for seeking funding for the health IT system adopted from the stimulus act.
Submissions were to be no longer than 900 words in length and have included a color photo of the author and one of a caregiver using the IT system. Submitted case studies were to be original and exclusive to Modern Healthcare. Modern Healthcare reserved the right to edit or not publish case studies for appropriateness of content.
A total of 49 case studies were submitted to the competition. Of those, 41 were deemed eligible. Eight were excluded because they were IT vendors or testimonials about an IT vendors product. A panel of senior editors at the magazine reviewed the 41 eligible entries and determined a list of 20 finalists. We then forwarded the 20 case studies to two prominent healthcare IT executives for review. Our external reviewers were:
- Jocelyn DeWitt, chief information officer at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor.
- Sue Schade, chief information officer at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston.
Based on the IT executives feedback, the senior editors reached a consensus on the top five case studies, which are published on the following pages.
We would like to thank both DeWitt and Schade for their commitment to healthcare IT and their invaluable insight in helping us determine this years recipients. We also extend our thanks to Modern Healthcare reporter Shawn Rhea and copy editor Stacie Williams for coordinating this years competition.
Most of all, wed like to thank all the healthcare organizations who participated in the IT Case Study Contest. Its clear from the submissions that the industrys commitment to implementing and using IT to improve patient-care delivery is stronger than ever.
All 41 of the eligible case studies will appear in a special section on our Web site, ModernHealthcare.com, for our readers to learn from and share ideas.
We welcome your feedback on how we can make next years competition even better. Please drop me a line at [email protected] Thank you.
David Burda, editor
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