Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, has been named the winner of the sixth annual Nursing IT Innovation Award, which is co-sponsored by Health Data Management.  The hospital's winning project involved a touch screen documentation system that led to measured improvements in the timeliness of charting and other quality improvements. The "PICASO" system also automatically generates care plans. The hospital developed the technology in conjunction with Innovative Workflow Technologies.

The second place winner is Winchester (Virginia) Medical Center for a pain management project utilizing interactive patient technology, from GetWellNetwork.  Sinai Hospital of Baltimore won third place for its project involving an electronic alcohol withdrawal protocol, which runs on a Cerner platform. The winners will be profiled in the February 2011 issue of Health Data Management.

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. The co-sponsor of the award is ANIA-CARING, the nation's largest educational and networking group for nurses interested in health care information technology (ANIA-CARING.org).

The award is presented to a team of nursing professionals at a health care organization (hospital, physician group practice or any other care-giving site). At least one of the primary coordinators of the I.T. project must be a nurse. 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.

The judges were: Gary Baldwin, editorial director, Health Data Management; Susan Newbold, PhD, RN, education team lead - EHR, Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville; Dana Womack, RN, independent consultant, Innovative Patterns Corp.; Cindy Esser, director of emerging technologies, Butler (Pa.) Memorial Hospital; and Diana Boyer, RN, vice president and president and CIO, Columbia Regional Hospital, Columbus, Ind.

--Gary Baldwin


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