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HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES 5 HITS AWARD FINALISTS

 DETROIT, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Ford Health System has announced the five finalists for the 1993 Healthcare Innovations in Technology Systems (HITS) Award.
 The HITS Award is given to the team that displays the most innovative use of technology to solve industry-wide information system problems that result in higher quality patient care. The winner will be announced at a reception which will take place at the Carter Presidential Library on the evening of Oct. 12 in Atlanta.
 The awards ceremony is part of the HITS Conference & Exhibition -- presented by Henry Ford Health System -- which takes place Oct. 10-13 at the Stouffer Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. The conference is an annual display of the latest information technology advances.
 Last year's winner was a team comprised of Oasis Systems (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sentara Health System (Norfolk, Va.) and the American Healthcare Information Management Association (Chicago).
 This year's five finalists include:
 1. Patient Care Technologies (Atlanta) and Parkview Episcopal Medical Center (Pueblo, Colo.).
 2. Digital Equipment Corporation (Marlboro, Mass.), The Emory University Health Care System (Atlanta) and Cerner Corporation (Kansas City).
 3. Health Data Sciences (San Bernardino, Calif.) and William Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.)
 4. Healthcare Expert Systems (Des Moines, Iowa), Adam Systems (Goleta, Calif.), Iowa Methodist Hospital (Des Moines), Greene County Medical Center, University of Iowa Medical Center, Drake University, and the Iowa National Guard.
 5. Clinicom Inc. (Boulder Colo.) and Covenant Healthcare (Milwaukee)
 HITS Award finalists will present their pioneering work at the next HealthInfo Conference which runs in conjunction with the National Managed Health Care Congress Annual Conference next April in Washington, D.C.
 The HITS Conference and Exhibition, titled "Focusing the Power of Information Technology," features three days of presentations, panel discussions and technical sessions that are aimed at bridging the gap of knowledge that exists between the users and developers of health care information systems.
 The keynote panel, which will take place at 8:45 a.m., Monday, Oct. 11, is titled "HITS '93 Keynote Address on Healthcare Reform." It will feature Gail Warden, president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System and chairman elect of the American Hospital Association; Richard Clarke, president and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association in Westchester, Ill., and co-author of the book, "The Crisis in Healthcare: Costs, Choices and Strategies"; and Bill Bria, M.D., medical director of Clinical Information Systems, and assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan, a noted expert in clinical information systems.
 "Over the next 10 years, the one thing that will remain constant in health care is change. Managed care, consolidation and partnership will be the watchwords of the '90s," said HITS Conference Director Frank Palazzolo. "The Clinton Healthcare Plan will shape the distribution of services and with it will come an increased demand for information technology. This panel discussion will give insights into its effects on the quality of patient care and its cost."
 The conference, through numerous exhibits and displays, also will showcase the latest technological advances in information systems.
 This year's HITS Conference is the third presented by Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation's major vertically integrated health care systems, generating nearly $2 billion in revenue in 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Diana Leone, Doreen Saputo or Rich Swenson of Henry Ford Health System, 313-876-2882/


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