Cullman (Alabama) Regional Medical Center took first place in the 8th annual 2013 Nursing I.T. Innovation Award contest, which is conducted by Health Data Management.

Cullman’s winning entry—judged by a panel of nursing informatics experts and Health Data Management staff—used I.T. to improve discharge communications with patients. Runner-up for the Silver prize was Texas Health Resources, Arlington, whose project tackled catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Winning the Bronze was Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine, for its nurse-driven vaccine protocol project.

The winners were selected from several dozen entries submitted to Health Data Management last fall. Judges evaluated the entries based primarily on the project’s demonstrated benefits, nurse role and overall innovation.  The award goes to a team of nurses and is open to provider organizations across the industry. To qualify for this award, a health care organization must submit an essay with detailed information on the nursing information technology project and the specific, measurable results of that project. The contribution of nurses to the innovative project must be clearly identified.

For complete coverage of the winners, information about the contest, and biographies of the judges, click here.



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