Microsoft user-group announces IT
REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft Healthcare Users
Group (MS-HUG), and Microsoft Corp., have announced winners for the
ninth annual MS-HUG awards. The honors are awarded by MS-HUG, a
membership community of the Healthcare Information and Management
Systems Society (HIMSS), in recognition of the breakthrough
contributions being made by healthcare organizations and individuals to
drive efficiencies across the healthcare system.
“As healthcare continues to lead as a topic of national concern and
debate, Microsoft is committed to working with individuals,
organizations and government drivers to leverage the role that
technology can play in achieving healthcare transformation,” said Steve
Shihadeh, general manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Microsoft.
“With so much innovative work being done with our technology throughout
the healthcare system, these awards are a way for us to showcase some of
the leaders driving remarkable results in efficiency and patient care.
Awards are given to customers and partners (independent software vendors
and systems integrators) that have demonstrated the best use of
Microsoft-based products in the patient-care arena. Customer and
industry partner award winners were formally introduced during the
February 2006 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, in the theater
at the Microsoft booth.
The 2006 category winners for the MS-HUG customer awards are as follows:
Microsoft Clinician of the Year
•Robert J. Schwartz, M.D., M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center (UPMC), Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Schwartz, medical director of
Physician Relations, provided leadership in deployment of new
operational processes supported by technology that ensures high-quality
healthcare delivery with world-class service to both care providers and
consumers, using Microsoft technologies in an innovative fashion to
communicate effectively within a complex healthcare community.
Microsoft Hospital of the Year
•St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho. St. Luke’s Health System is
Idaho’s largest healthcare provider, with three full-service hospitals
in Boise, Meridian and Sun Valley; 25 outpatient facilities; 600
physicians; and 4,200 total employees. St. Luke’s treats more than
325,000 patients per year from Idaho and six adjoining states. A leader
in the Idaho and Southwest Idaho Community Network, St. Luke’s has a
partner relationship with nine rural hospitals and a management
agreement with four. As of December 2005, St. Luke’s has rolled out the
Web-based physician portal to more than 1,300 users, including over 350
physicians representing over 100 practices and 604 hospital users. Using
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Mobile 2003 for
Pocket PCs, St. Luke’s is extending portal access through mobile
devices. Physicians are no longer tied to paper charts as their single
source of information, which increases the availability of results and
gives them anywhere, anytime access to patient data.
Microsoft Clinic of the Year
•Center for Assisted Reproduction, Bedford, Texas. The Center for
Assisted Reproduction (CAR), established in 1989, provides comprehensive
medical care for the treatment of infertile couples. CAR sees more than
100 new patients monthly. CAR includes an ambulatory surgery center, in
vitro fertilization laboratory, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
laboratory, and andrology and endocrine laboratory. The medical staff
provides direct patient care, while the laboratory staff performs semen
analysis, hormone testing, embryo culturing and cryogenics. Each
department uses computer technology to execute tasks and record and
track these activities. An offsite billing location uses wireless
technology to access patient accounts, while a satellite office is
linked to the main office database using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 merge
Finalists in each of the customer categories were as follows:
Microsoft Clinician of the Year
•Ryan G. Bosch, M.D., FACP, George Washington University Medical Faculty
Associates, Washington, D.C.
•Kevin Carr, M.D., Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.
•Michael Spain, M.D., MBA, Cardiology of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.
Microsoft Hospital of the Year
•Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.
•Saint Luke’s Health System, Kansas City, Mo.
Microsoft Clinic of the Year
•Cardiology of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.
•East Texas Family Medicine, P.A., Palestine, Texas
The MS-HUG awards also include recognition for independent software
vendor (ISV) solutions and systems integrators that demonstrate the best
use of Microsoft technology to drive results in the healthcare industry.
New this year is an award showcasing Microsoft partners that have
developed the best solutions for a local or regional health information
organization (RHIO), in recognition of the industry’s need for
innovation in this arena, to achieve the federal government’s goal
initiated in 2004 to provide every American with an electronic medical
record within 10 years.
“Technology is enabling unprecedented change across the healthcare
industry, as evidenced by the remarkable work being honored by the
MS-HUG awards program,” said Michael Paquin, chairman of the MS-HUG
Advisory Committee. “The achievements of these individuals and
organizations offer up a high benchmark to which we as an industry can
aspire, if we are to drive significant and wide-reaching results in the
overall quality and effectiveness of patient care.”
Three best-in-class partner winners were honored in each of the
following ISV categories:
Acute Care – Clinical/Patient Information Systems
•Digital Healthcare Ltd. – OptoMize iP. OptoMize iP manages clinical
disease control programs, information, digital images and complex
patient care pathways across health enterprises.
•MediServe Information Systems Inc. – MediLinks. MediServe’s MediLinks
solution for Respiratory Care and Rehabilitation is proven to increase
clinical and business efficiency of healthcare organizations while
fitting the unique workflow of ancillary caregivers.
•Philips Medical Systems – iSite PACS. Philips iSite PACS is an
innovative image and information management system that delivers
on-demand diagnostic-quality images over existing hospital networks,
advanced radiology reading stations for radiologists, and “always
online” long-term storage.
•NextGen Healthcare Information Systems – NextGen EPM. NextGen EPM
(enterprise practice management) automates office administration and
streamlines scheduling, registration and billing, including electronic
data interchange. NextGen EPM is integrated with NextGen EMR for
complete clinical and administrative management.
•PatientKeeper Inc. – PatientKeeper Charge Capture. PatientKeeper is a
leader in wireless applications. The Charge Capture billing solution
helps physicians save time and increase revenue, enhance patient safety
and care, improve staff satisfaction, and remain competitive.
•QCSI – QNXT. Transforming healthcare payer information technology since
1994, QCSI is recognized as a leader in claims processing, medical
management and Consumer-Directed Healthcare. QNXT enterprise application
systems deliver real-time health claims processing and integrated Care
Management to healthcare administration.
Ambulatory Care – Clinical/Patient Information Systems
•Allscripts – TouchWorks Electronic Health Record. Allscripts is a
leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information
solutions that inform, connect and transform healthcare. Its
award-winning clinical software applications include electronic health
record (EHR), e-prescribing and document imaging solutions.
•Digital MD Systems – Digital MD Systems Doc. Digital MD Systems’
award-winning Doc empowers physicians with a comprehensive and intuitive
point-of-care EMR suite. Designed in collaboration with leading
specialty physicians, Doc’s customizability makes it relevant for any
•NextGen Healthcare Information Systems – NextGen EMR. NextGen EMR
creates high-quality electronic medical records, facilitating clinical
workflow and data management. NextGen EMR is ideal for small practices
or large enterprises and incorporates content for all specialties.
•Epocrates Inc. – Epocrates Essentials. The Epocrates Essentials premium
mobile solution includes all the key decision support applications –
drugs, diseases and diagnostics – required for today’s healthcare
professional. Users have immediate access to continually updated,
critical clinical information proved to improve patient safety and care.
•Galvanon Inc. – MediKiosk. Galvanon, a subsidiary of NCR, helps
healthcare organizations enhance the patient experience at home, in the
hospital and in the physician’s office, through self-service solutions
and Web applications that streamline everyday patient interactions and
improve patient flow throughout the healthcare process.
•Unlimited Innovations Inc. – CERECONS. CERECONS, a Web-based solution,
enables electronic healthcare transactions by bringing together medical
groups, hospitals, physicians and patients. Its interface extends the
value of legacy applications by increasing operational business
•dbMotion – The dbMotion Solution. The dbMotion Solution shares medical
information in a security-enhanced environment, creating a Virtual
Patient Record by logically connecting a group of care providers and
organizations without data centralization, thereby enabling RHIO and
National Health Information Network (NHIN) formation.
•NextGen Healthcare Information Systems – NextGen CHS. NextGen CHS
(Community Health Solution) is a central data repository enabling the
exchange of patient data between providers, specialists, hospitals,
payers, labs and pharmacies and the anticipated NHIN.
•Wellogic – Wellogic Consult. Wellogic Consult is an award-winning
clinical provider solution for RHIOs, portals and EHRs that unifies
patient information and clinical workflows across the healthcare
continuum, creating a comprehensive patient record with decision support
at the point of care.
Customer and partner winners will be highlighted on the HIMSS and MS-HUG
Web sites at http://www.himss.org and
About MS-HUG Microsoft Healthcare Users Group is a membership community
within the HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program, providing technology
leadership and knowledge for improving healthcare delivery and
efficiency. The alliance provides HIMSS with targeted industry expertise
to help broaden its professional and industry contributions, and MS-HUG
members with the opportunity to reach new markets with educational and
professional development programs.
MS-HUG is a leading healthcare industry forum for exchanging ideas,
promoting learning and sharing solutions for information systems using
Microsoft technologies. MS-HUG works to provide industry leadership,
drive appropriate standards and develop associated requirements in
support of healthcare solutions. The diverse membership of MS-HUG is
united by a shared interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed
software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency
in healthcare. More information can be found on MS-HUG’s Web site at
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the
healthcare industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on
providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information
technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of human
health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and
other locations across the country, HIMSS represents approximately
17,000 individual members and more than 275 member corporations that
employ more than 1 million people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare
public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational
and professional development initiatives designed to promote information
and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.
Visit http://www.himss.org for more
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