MS-HUG announces finalists in annual awards
CHICAGO and REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG)
and Microsoft Corp. have announced 28 finalists for the eighth annual
MS-HUG awards, which showcase the most innovative solutions and
customers of Microsoft technology in the healthcare industry.
The honors are awarded by MS-HUG, a membership community of the
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), in
recognition of the significant contributions being made by organizations
and individuals to improve the quality of patient care.
The awards include recognition for hospitals, clinics, health plans and
leading healthcare providers that demonstrate the best use of
Microsoft-based products in the patient care arena. Also honored are
leading independent software vendors (ISVs) developing solutions on
Microsoft technology to address the diverse challenges faced by the
healthcare industry. Award contestants in this category are evaluated on
the extent to which they provide significant business benefits to
healthcare organizations and improve patient care.
“Innovation is critical as we see healthcare technology rising to the
forefront of national consciousness. Participants across the healthcare
value chain agree that we need new and improved ways to increase the
quality of patient care and the satisfaction of those providing care and
contain costs through initiatives that drive productivity, safety and
efficiency,” said Steve Shihadeh, general manager of Healthcare and Life
Sciences at Microsoft. “The MS-HUG annual awards program gives Microsoft
the opportunity to recognize the efforts of organizations and
individuals who are significantly contributing to the transformation of
the healthcare system in a positive way.”
“By honoring these individuals and organizations each year, we
demonstrate how technology can be leveraged to improve the overall
quality and effectiveness of patient care, something that is top of mind
for all of us,” said Drexel DeFord, chairman of the MS-HUG Advisory
Committee. “The individuals and healthcare organizations participating
in the MS-HUG awards program are leading the way for dramatic change in
the healthcare industry.”
Recognized as leaders in the healthcare industry by Microsoft and
MS-HUG, the ISV finalists will demonstrate their solutions in the
Microsoft booth at the HIMSS 2005 Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 14-17,in
Dallas. Winners will be announced in the theater at Microsoft booth No.
3035 at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. In addition, the ISV and customer
winners will be highlighted on the HIMSS and MS-HUG Web sites:
The 2005 category finalists for the MS-HUG annual awards are as follows:
Microsoft Customer Awards Finalists
Microsoft Clinic of the Year
Affinity Health Group, Tifton, Ga.
Center for Assisted Reproduction, Bedford, Texas
Ogden Clinic, Ogden, Utah
Microsoft Health Plan of the Year
Highmark Inc., Pittsburgh
Partnership HealthPlan of California, Fairfield, Calif.
Premera Blue Cross, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
Microsoft Hospital of the Year
Alamance Regional Medical Center, Burlington, N.C.
Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.
Truman Medical Centers Inc., Kansas City, Mo.
Microsoft Nurse of the Year
Monica Andrews, RN, Center for Assisted Reproduction, Bedford, Texas
Mindy Jones, Affinity Health Group, Tifton, Ga.
Lori Reynolds, BSN, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis
Microsoft Physician of the Year
Kevin J. Doody, M.D., Center for Assisted Reproduction, Bedford, Texas
Craig F. Feied, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM; National Institute for Medical
Informatics and MedStar Health, Washington
E. Monty Stirman, M.D., Holston Medical Group, Kingsport, Tenn.
Healthcare ISV Finalists
API Software Inc., Payrollmation Series Time and Attendance System
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc., NextGen EPM
Acute Care: ClinicalPatient Information Systems
dbMotion Ltd., The dbMotion System
Picis Inc., CareSuite
Stentor Inc., iSite Enterprise Picture Archiving Communication Systems
Ambulatory Care: Clinical Patient Information Systems
iMedica Corp., iMedica PhysicianSuite
MedInformatix Inc., MedInformatix
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, NextGen EMR
Galvanon Inc., MediKiosk CVM Enterprise Server
Gold Standard, eMPOWERx
Midmark Diagnostics Group, IQmark Digital ECG PDA
An independent panel of judges, including leaders in the healthcare
industry and domain experts, selected this year’s finalists. Full
details are available on the MS-HUG Web site at