Win­ners had suc­cess be­yond mean­ing­ful use

Modern Healthcare - - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Joseph Conn

Four physi­cian in­for­mati­cists and the head of a statewide health in­for­ma­tion ex­change or­ga­ni­za­tion have won the 14th an­nual AMDIS Awards for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in ap­plied med­i­cal in­for­mat­ics. Th­ese awards from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Med­i­cal Di­rec­tors of In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems will be pre­sented this week at the 22nd an­nual AMDIS Physi­cian-Com­puter Con­nec­tion Sym­po­sium in Ojai, Calif. The win­ners are Dr. Davis Lee, PIH Health, Whit­tier, Calif.; Dr. Ryun Harper, St. Fran­cis Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Lyn­wood, Calif.; Arun Mathews, Med­i­cal Cen­ter Health Sys­tem, Odessa, Texas; Dr. Robert White, ABQ Health Part­ners, Al­bu­querque; and Scott Car­rell, Idaho Health Data Ex­change, Boise.

The award ju­rors cited the win­ners’ suc­cess in lever­ag­ing fed­eral mean­ing­ful-use tar­gets; us­ing health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to meet pri­vate sec­tor pay-for-per­for­mance met­rics; and pro­mot­ing health in­for­ma­tion ex­change.

“Do­ing mean­ing­ful use by it­self is noth­ing,” says AMDIS Pres­i­dent Dr. Wil­liam Bria. “The fact that they suc­ceeded in be­ing able to con­vince, co­erce and ca­jole oth­ers to achieve and im­prove pa­tient care—that is med­i­cal lead­er­ship. It’s a big dif­fer­ence.”

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