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Best of the best: HMT announces winners from its annual What Works competition, recognizing the best technology solutions for 2002. (What Works Awards 2002).

Every year, Health Management Technology's What Works case histories develop more personality and a greater identity of their own. HMT readers rely on What Works case histories to profile healthcare IT in working environments like hospitals, clinics, integrated delivery networks, physician practices and payer offices--and to tell them, in' quantifiable terms, which technology works.

Every year, HMT publishes between 15 and 25 What Works case histories. At the end of the year, we impanel judges from across the healthcare IT spectrum to read and evaluate all What Works articles published during the calendar year, and to determine for us the top three winners and honorable mention awards from among that year's contenders.

It is with great pleasure and pride that we share the 2002 What Works Awards winners with you this month. The top three winning healthcare (end-user) organizations will receive engraved plaques from HMT acknowledging their achievements in IT utilization. The vendors associated with these winning case histories will receive tabletop plaques highlighting the original, winning articles and commending their work.

Judging Criteria

Judges are asked to score each case history on five weighted criteria:

Benefits to the user. Did the technology quantifiably help the user organization to solve its problem? Was this the best solution for the problem, and did the organization achieve its goal? Were the results at least as expected and possibly greater?

Applicability. How applicable would this solution be to other healthcare organizations with a similar problem or situation?

Installation, implementation and ease of adoption. Was the technology easy to install and implement? Did the vendor support and train staff for the rollout period? Scalability. Was the technology scalable to include more transactions or functions, or greater impact in the organization-but without changes to infrastructure or significantly higher costs?

Creative challenge. How well did the technology work within the limitations of the organization's financial restraint, legacy systems, infrastructure or multiapplication environment?

Submit a What Works

You can submit your own What Works case history. Contact any of the Health Management Technology editors; we can walk you through the process, send guidelines to you and refer you to samples of exemplary What Works articles. Essentially, every What Works case history includes:

* A statement of the problem;

* Solutions considered and the reason for the selection made;

* Installation, implementation and training; and

* Quantifiable results and benefits.

All What Works case histories published in 2003 are automatically entered in the 2003 competition. The story you send this year might appear in these very pages next year, as a What Works Awards winner for 2003.

2002 What Works Honorable Mention Winners

Weirton Medical Center, Weirton, W.Va., for preventing medication errors by its use of MedPoint bar coding technology from Bridge Medical Inc., (See "Putting Safety First," HMT, May 2002.)

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y., for improving A/R days, contracts management and bill generation by its use of Sunrise Access Manager and Patient Financial Manager from Eclipsys Corp., (See "Managing Multiple Factors That Govern Reimbursement," HMT, October 2002.)
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Author:Blair, Robin; Lillis, Karin; Reynolds, Phil
Publication:Health Management Technology
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2003
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