The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems has announced six individuals and two healthcare organizations as winners of its annual awards for outstanding achievement in applied medical informatics.
AMDIS names winners of informatics awards
Individual winners are Bill Beighe, chief information officer of Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz, Calif., and CIO of the Santa Cruz Health Information Exchange; Dr. Larry Holder, chief medical information officer and medical director of hospitalist services at Decatur (Ill.) Memorial Hospital; Dr. David Kaelber, chief medical informatics officer of MetroHealth System, Cleveland; Dr. Peter Park, a U.S. Navy commander and deputy director for clinical informatics with the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; Dr. Brian Patty, chief medical informatics officer, HealthEast Care System, Minneapolis (who also won in 2005); and Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, chief medical information officer of UK HealthCare, Lexington, Ky.
An organizational award also went to MetroHealth. The other organizational winner was the information technology staff at Seattle Children's Hospital.
AMDIS President Dr. William Bria said the winners this year reflect the advances in the use of data gathered by health information technology to improve direct patient care. In years past, he said, winners were often chosen for championing the successful implementation of health IT systems.
"I think the folks that got it this year are folks who started to demonstrate the next level of maturity of clinical informatics," Bria said. "It's a maturation, I think, of the focus on the outcome, rather than, 'Well, we did it.' "
The awards will be presented at the 20th annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium from July 12-15 in Ojai, Calif.
More information about the AMDIS awards is available at ModernPhysician.com.
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