Carolinas Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Colorado, and University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics are winners of the seventh annual Nursing I.T. Innovation Award.

The award recognizes innovation and excellence in using information technology in the field of nursing to directly improve the quality of care and patient safety while maximizing nursing resources, improving the work experience of nurses, or helping further the professional practice of nursing. Health Data Management sponsors the award with ANIA-CARING, the nation's largest educational and networking group for nurses interested in health care information technology (

Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas Medical Center took top prize, Gold, for its monitored hourly rounding technology, which replaced a paper system to track and document nursing presence in a patient room. Children's Hospital of Colorado in Aurora won second place, Silver, for its organ donor identification and early notification system. The University of Wisconsin in Madison won third place, Bronze, for its creation of a "patient story" on its EHR All three winners will be profiled in-depth in the February 2012 edition of Health Data Management.

This year's judges were:

* The founder of the Nursing I.T. Innovation Award, Susan K. Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, a healthcare informatics consultant based in Franklin, Tenn.  

* Contest co-founder Dana Womack, MS, RN, a nursing informatics specialist at Inova Health System in Northern Virginia.

* Cindy Esser, BSN, MBA, MHA, director of emerging technologies at Butler Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania and winner of the 2009 Nursing IT Innovation Award. 

* Verna Tereceita (Terry) Laidlow, DNP, MS, RN-BC, a healthcare initiative specialist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, winner of the bronze award in the 2011 Nursing IT Innovation contest.

* Gary Baldwin, the editorial director of Health Data Management.

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.


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