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2010 IT Case Study Contest
How we picked the top five case studies
Welcome to Modern Healthcare's second annual 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.
The editorial competition is particularly timely given the government's set of final regulations outlining a temporary program that will select and designate not-for-profit organizations to test and certify electronic health-record systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. HHS issued the regulations on June 18 and they took effect on June 24.
In this special section, we announce and publish the five winning IT case studies—first place through fifth place. Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients.
Here's how we did it. On March 1, 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 April 30, but we extended that until May 7 to accommodatea few 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 19 case studies were submitted to the competition compared with 49 last year. Of those 19 submissions, 16 were deemed eligible. Three were excluded because they were IT vendors or testimonials about an IT vendor's product. A panel of senior editors at the magazine reviewed the 16 eligible entries and determined a list of 10 finalists. We then forwarded the 10 case studies to two prominent healthcare IT executives for review. Our external reviewers were:
- James Noga, CIO of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
- Sheri Rawlings, CIO of San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M.
We would like to thank Noga and Rawlings for their commitment to healthcare IT and their invaluable insight in helping us determine this year's recipients. We also extend our thanks to Modern Healthcare reporter Shawn Rhea for coordinating this year's competition.
Most of all, we'd like to thank all of the healthcare organizations that participated in the IT Case Study Contest. It's clear from the submissions that the industry's commitment to implementing and using IT to improve patient-care delivery is stronger than ever.
We welcome your feedback on how we can make next year's competition even better. Please drop me a line at [email protected] healthcare.com. Thank you.
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