The Infectious Disease Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission and the Public Health Information Service of Denver Public Health have been named winners of the 2009 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence in public health by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
The Boston agency won for the introduction of its syndromic surveillance system, or B-SYNSS. Denver Public Health, a division of the Denver Health and Hospital Authority, won for its introduction of a comprehensive healthcare information system, including a patient Web portal and a communications link with the Colorado Public Health and Environment Department.
The achievements in Boston and Denver “demonstrate how managing and sharing patient-care data with their information systems has made a positive difference on the health status of the populations they serve," said Amy Ising, in a HIMSS news release. Ising is the director of the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool , a public health reporting program based in Chapel Hill, N.C., and chairwoman of the HIMSS committee for the Davies public health awards.