IT Case Study Con­test win­ner shows how it’s done

Modern Healthcare - - Front Page - — David Burda, edi­tor

Wel­come to Mod­ern Health­care’s third 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.

In this spe­cial fea­ture, we an­nounce and pub­lish the win­ner and hon­or­able men­tion of this year’s competition. Please join us in con­grat­u­lat­ing this year’s win­ner—Decatur (Ill.) Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal—and hon­or­able men­tion—Cen­tene Corp.

Here’s how we made our se­lec­tions. On Feb. 21, 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 29, but we ex­tended that un­til May 13 to ac­com­mo­date 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 se­nior­level 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 11 case stud­ies were sub­mit­ted to the competition. All were deemed el­i­gi­ble. We for­warded the 11 case stud­ies to three prom­i­nent health­care IT ex­ec­u­tives to re­view. Our ex­ter­nal re­view­ers were:

Rus­sell Branzell, vice pres­i­dent of in­for­ma­tion ser­vices and CIO at Poudre Val­ley Health Sys­tem, Fort Collins, Colo.

Charles Chris­tian, CIO at Good Sa­mar­i­tan Hos­pi­tal, Vin­cennes, Ind.

Ed­ward Marx, CIO at Texas Health Re­sources, Ar­ling­ton.

Based on the IT ex­ec­u­tives’ feed­back, a panel of se­nior ed­i­tors at Mod­ern Health­care reached a con­sen­sus on the top case study and hon­or­able men­tion, which are pub­lished on the fol­low­ing pages.

We would like to thank Branzell, Chris­tian and Marx for their com­mit­ment to health­care IT and their in­valu­able in­sight in help­ing us de­ter­mine this year’s re­cip­i­ents. We’d also like to thank all of the health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions that par­tic­i­pated in the IT Case Study Con­test. All 11 case stud­ies will ap­pear in a spe­cial sec­tion on our web­site, Mod­ern Health­care.com, for our read­ers to learn from and share ideas. Thank you.

Branzell

Marx

Chris­tian

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