Meet the Judges of the Annual Health I.T. Young Bloods Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the second annual “Health I.T. Young Bloods” contest sponsored by Health Data Management. The contest recognizes the technology accomplishments of clinicians, administrators and I.T. staff in the health care industry. Staff members age 35 years or younger who work for health care delivery systems, physician group practices, health plans, government or regulatory agencies, member associations and data exchanges are eligible (employees of I.T. software, services and consulting firms are not eligible). The program honors up and coming staff whose work has benefited their organization in a demonstrable way.

The Health I.T. Young Bloods program recognizes innovation, accomplishment, and creativity in the deployment and application of health care-related applications and information systems. Judges will evaluate candidates based on their contributions to any number of I.T.-related areas, including clinical documentation, financial management and organizational operations. For example: leadership in a group practice adoption of an EHR; development of a help desk or training curriculum for an information system deployment; customized use of an I.T. system at the department level; volunteer leadership work on a community data exchange; leadership of an association committee championing data standards.

The contest judges will include Ed Ricks, vice president of information systems and CIO at Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital Ed has twenty five years of health care information systems experience working for four health systems, with more than ten years at a senior level. Ricks earned a B.S. degree in computer science from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was selected as a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld magazine in 2011. Ricks was also selected as a winner of the “Game Changer” award by Health Data Management magazine in December, 2011. He is a member of the Meditech 6.X Service Advisory Board, Centurylink Customer Advisory Board, Imprivata Customer Advisory Board, and the Technical College of the Lowcountry CPT Advisory Committee.

Another judge will be William Hersh, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Hersh developed and serves as director of all of OHSU’s graduate biomedical informatics education programs, including the Master of Science, the Master of Biomedical Informatics, the Graduate Certificate, and the Doctor of Philosophy. He spearheaded OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which are available up to the master’s degree level. He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association 10x10 (“ten by ten”) program, which has been completed by over 1,300 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics. Hersh received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. After completing a residency in internal medicine at University of Illinois Hospital in 1987, he completed a fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard University in 1990.

More information about Dr. Hersh can be found on his Web site. He also maintains the Informatics Professor blog.

 The editors of Health Data Management will also serve as judges in the contest. They are Greg Gillespie, editor in chief; Gary Baldwin, editorial director; and Joseph Goedert, online news editor.

Here are details on how to enter: Nominations will be accepted from colleagues and co-workers, public/media relations staff and others knowledgeable about the work done by the nominee. Self-nominations also will be accepted. Entries should not exceed 1,500 words. Entries should include the following:

Demographic information: Give candidate’s name, date of birth, current position title, degree or credential, current supervisor and title, name and description of organization. If entry is submitted by someone other than the nominee, it should include the submitter’s name, title, and relationship to the nominee.

  • Area of I.T. accomplishment: Summarize the specialty area of contribution of the candidate (clinical quality, EHR deployment, financial analysis, I.T. training, etc.)
  • Specifics of achievement: Detail the accomplishments and contributions of the candidate. Precisely describe the nature of the project championed by the candidate, its scope, the candidate’s role, hurdles encountered and overcome, the project’s duration, and the outcomes.
  • Nominee statement: Nominees should describe, in their own words, how their work thus far has fit into their career goals and explain their vision for advancing the health industry using I.T.

Deadline: Submissions are due by noon central, Friday, May 31, 2012. For more information or to enter a candidate, contact Editorial Director Gary Baldwin at

To learn about last year’s winners, go to:




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