2007 HIMSS Davies Awards Recognize Achievement in Health Information Technology

CHICAGO (Sept. 14, 2007) – From less waiting time in the emergency department to improved disease tracking throughout the state, recipients of the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence understand the value of health information technology.  With five examples of interoperability excellence, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has announced the recipients of the 2007 Nicholas E. Davies Awards of Excellence in the Organizational, Ambulatory and Public Health categories. 

The Davies Awards recognize excellence in the implementation of the electronic health record. Originally created by CPRI-HOST in 1994, the program is named in honor of Dr. Nicholas E. Davies, a practicing physician who believed that the computer-based patient record was needed to improve patient care.

The recipients of the 2007 Davies Awards are:


Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis, Minn.:  This health system includes 11 hospitals and 65 clinics, an operation that serves Minnesota and western Wisconsin. With its vision four years ago as “One Patient, One Record,” the Allina system shares patient health information among its sites through its extensive EHR and revenue cycle design.

“The Organizational Davies Award Committee applauds the accomplishments of Allina Hospitals & Clinics,” said Brian Jacobs, MD, chair of the Davies Organizational Award committee and CMIO and executive director for the Center for Pediatric Informatics at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.  “This hospital system offers an outstanding example of how health IT can be implemented throughout this healthcare complex to improve the delivery of patient care.”


Valdez Family Clinic, San Antonio, Texas:  Valdez Family Clinic is a solo-practitioner operation serving an economically disadvantaged and medically underserved community. The practice of Alicia Valdez, MD, achieving real-time data capture of data, diagnosis, orders and plans at the point of care, has decreased her average time spent per patient note from 10 to two minutes. The electronic health record enables this physician to efficiently provide care to seven exam rooms all in a four-day work week.

Village Health Partners (formerly Family Medical Specialists of Texas): Now an eight-physician practice in Plano, Texas, this family practice in a suburban community was founded in 2001 by Christopher Crow MD, MBA and Sander Gothard MD.  The EHR was implemented in 2003. The group is building a medical village with the goal to improve their lives and their patients' by creating a one-stop shopping medical experience.

“It is always motivating to see how the implementation of technology can make such a positive difference in the delivery of patient care,” said Nancy R. Babbitt, FACMPE, chair of the Davies Ambulatory Award committee and administrator for Roswell Pediatric Center, P.C., in Alpharetta, Ga. “Both Valdez Family Clinic and Village Health Partners have put the electronic health record in place to benefit their patients and their staff.  All of us on the committee congratulate these healthcare professionals on their accomplishments. 

Public Health

Illinois-National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS), Springfield, Ill.:  I-NEDSS is a Web-based application used by all 95 local health departments in Illinois and by health care providers and laboratory staff throughout Illinois to report and investigate infectious disease conditions, clusters and outbreaks.  

The I-NEDSS system has significantly increased monitoring of disease occurrences, trends and outbreaks leading to earlier event detection.      

Institute for Family Health, New York City:  The Institute for Family Health operates 15 community health centers, two school-based health centers, a counseling center, and eight part-time clinics that serve the homeless, providing services to minority, uninsured and disadvantaged communities throughout the Bronx, Manhattan and the Hudson Valley. All of these practices are federally qualified health centers. The Institute implemented a fully integrated EMR in 2002 with four public health initiatives to improve health care delivered to the community.  With an emphasis on prevention, chronic disease management and the elimination of health disparities, the Institute has partnered with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to demonstrate the impact that an EMR system can have on public health.

“The value and contributions of public health become even more useful with the implementation of the electronic health record,” said Steven J. Steindel, PhD, chair of the Public Health Davies Award committee, and senior advisor for Standards and Vocabulary, Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, Ga.  “The members of this Davies award committee recognize the accomplishments these two public health systems have achieved with their information systems that provide for increased support in public health event detection and control and using public health care-delivery to improve decision support of the health care system.”

Each of these recipients will present their stories at the 2008 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition.  Visit http://apps.himss.org/StateDashboard// to view all Davies Award recipients on the HIMSS State Dashboard.

The 2008 Davies Awards Call for Applications opens Jan. 1, 2008. Visit the HIMSS Web site at www.himss.org/davies or contact the Senior Manager, Davies Award Program David Collins at dcollins@himss.org for more information.


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels, and other locations across the United States and Europe, HIMSS represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 300 corporate members that collectively represent organizations employing millions of people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to ensuring quality patient care. Visit www.himss.org for more information.