IT Case Study Contest winner shows how it’s done
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.