Health Data Management has named six recipients of its inaugural EHR Game Changers Awards, which honor individuals who have been true game changers in the design, advocacy, deployment and development of electronic health records technology.

The 2010 award winners are:

* John Mattison, M.D., the chief medical officer at Kaiser Permanente. Mattison, co-founder of the Clinical Document Architecture within Health Level 7 and a long-time advocate of health care data exchange, oversees all information systems deployment in the Southern California region of Kaiser Permanente, which includes more than 5,000 physicians, 3 million members, 140 clinics and 13 hospitals.

* Ted Matthews, CEO, Anson (Texas) General Hospital. Matthews spearheaded the development of a regional health information organization that ties his 45-bed hospital together with other community hospitals.

* Doug Fridsma, M.D., acting director of the Office of Interoperability and Standards in the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. In his role at ONCHIT, Fridsma has led the development of the Nationwide Health Information Network, which is harmonizing standards, services and policies to enable health information exchange on a national level.

* Mark Mulvaney, network security engineer at Boston Medical Center. Mulvaney led the 639-bed hospital's effort to be an early adopter of self-encrypting hard drives, which sets a new standard for security in the health care industry.

* Glen Tullman, CEO at Allscripts. Tullman, the company's CEO since 1997, has overseen Allscripts' rise from a small, outpatient EHR vendor into a major player in the industry via organic growth and the acquisitions of Misys PLC and Eclipsys Corp.

* Vivek Reddy, M.D., medical director of hospital information technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Reddy since 2002 has been a force behind UPMC's eRecord initiative and helped the health system achieve significant adoption of computerized physician order entry technology at five of its hospitals.

Profiles of the award winners and more details about their extraordinary EHR efforts will run in the January 2011 edition of Health Data Management.

The EHR Game Changers awards are HDM's effort to recognize individuals from across the spectrum of industry stakeholders-hospitals, group practices, payers, associations, federal and state governments, and health technology vendors-who have helped in the evolution of EHR technology and its increasing adoption by provider organizations.

--Greg Gillepsie

 

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