IHA Awards Past Recipients

2018 Special Recognition Awards:

Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, and chief innovation officer of UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA.

Daniel Kraft, MD, founding executive director and chair, Exponential Medicine.

John Mattison, MD, chief medical information officer, Kaiser Permanente.


2018 Awards

Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery and Grand Award:  NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP)

Innovative Healthcare: Caretaker Medical

PATHSTAR:  CarePort Health, an Allscripts Company, and Medically Home

Honorable Mention: Vancouver Island Health Authority

2017 Special Recognition Award:

Patrick Soon-Shiong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for NantHealth, which offers a systems-based approach to personalized healthcare integrating novel diagnostics with large-scale, biometric and phenotypic data to track patient outcomes and deliver precision medicine.

2017 Awards

 2017 IHA Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery Award and The Grand Award:  Hamilton Health Sciences for reducing in­hospital cardiac and respiratory arrests using a novel mobile application. Hamilton Health Sciences is one of Canada’s top five research hospitals and is currently conducting research in over 1,500 centers across 86 countries. With the help of the ThoughtWire service team, they were able to pilot a working solution that was up and running in eight weeks. The results: Critical Care Response Team consults decreased 17 percent; CPR with Code Blue calls were reduced by six percentage points.

2017 Innovative Healthcare Award: Sentara Healthcare(Norfolk, VA), specifically their Sentara Princess Anne Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), for eliminating alarm fatigue and giving staff critical and timely tools in addressing patients’ needs. The wireless solution is a highly-coordinated effort among staff and vendors including the Vocera Engage alarm management and clinical communication solution incorporated with a Real Time Location System (RTLS), telecommunications, and patient monitors. The result was a 54 percent reduction in duplicative patient monitoring alarms, a 94 percent increase in staff satisfaction as it relates to alarm management, and overall improved quality of care for patients. Pioneers at heart, Sentara Healthcare gained worldwide recognition when America’s first in-vitro baby was born at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Honorable Mentions:

Green Circle Health impressed judges with its breadth of scope and clarity of purpose that will have a huge impact on consumer health and wellness in the coming years. Green Circle Health’s GCH Platform allows users to store and track health data from hospitals and clinics as well as from their at-home devices. Revolutionizing how consumers use their health care data, Green Circle Health allows users to improve the treatment of chronic diseases and conditions which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems.

The Center for Music Therapy, Inc, based in Austin (TX), intrigued and beguiled the judges with its Movement Tracks Project. To address the leading movement disorder in the US with fall-safety concerns (Parkinson’s Disease), the Center interfaces algorithm and methodologies to further develop sensory optimization strategies for pervasive use in smart, integrated, stationary and wearable biometric systems and devices for gait improvement.

2016 Special Recognition Award:

Humber River Hospital (Toronto, Canada), the first all-digital hospital in North America. Opened in October 2015, serving more than 850,000 with 656 beds, patient care has been reimagined with mission-critical goals depending on technology for delivering enhancements. Receiving the award were Dr. Rueben Devlin, president and chief executive officer, Barb Collins, chief operating officer, and Peter, Bak, chief information officer. 

2016 Awards

2016 IHA Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery Award and Grand Award: University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) (Baltimore, Maryland). During a move of the Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to new quarters, hospital leadership began searching for a solution that would reliably deliver patient monitoring alarm notifications to caregivers’ mobile devices regardless of their locations. Also important to UMMC was finding a solution that enabled care team communication in a quiet manner—an alternative to traditional overhead paging. Selecting Extension Healthcare’s Engage™ Mobile platform with Zebra MC40 phones for the NICU, UMMC found the rate of compliance in communicating critical data increased dramatically. UMMC plans to roll out this solution throughout the entire medical center, with 772 total licensed beds, 8,261 employees, and 1,163 attending physicians/faculty. Receiving the award was Dr. Colleen Driscoll, Neonatologist and NICU Director of Quality Improvement.


The 2016 Innovative Healthcare Award:  Kaiser Permanent San Diego (Calif.). With over 600,000 members, 7,700 staff and more than 1,200 physicians, Kaiser Permanente San Diego is a large concern that cares for members at 25 medical facilities, including the 414-bed Medical Center and a 78-bed emergency department. The healthcare system discovered during a routine inventory that the supply of reusable mats required for patient transfer was drastically depleted and orders for disposable mats were on the upswing. It was determined that many of the reusable mats were being tossed out in the trash rather than being refreshed and reused. The cost for the mats, reusable or disposable, were proving to be exorbitant for the San Diego facilities, with projected costs in the millions of dollars. Through its ongoing association with Awarepoint, its real-time location system (RTLS) provider, Kaiser Permanente incorporated tags on each mat, adjusted workflow, and retrained in the proper care and management of the mats. The recipient for this award was Kaiser Permanente financial analyst Andrea Odom.

2016 IHA Comprehensive Integration Award: iNDIGO Health Partners (Traverse City, Michigan), one of the largest private hospitalist groups in the nation. The partnership was facing a dilemma in providing six rural community hospitals with hospitalists who were scheduled manually by a physician at risk of burning out from the complexities of scheduling. With iNDIGO’s anticipated growth, its commitment to maintaining high retention and utilization in rural northern Michigan healthcare was in jeopardy. iNDIGO’s James Levy, Vice President Human Resources, found an alliance with Lightning Bolt Solutions, which provides automated physician scheduling, coupled with a full-time scheduling administrator, provided a flexible, reliable, and scalable scheduling solution. Lightning Bolt automatically optimizes hundreds of complex scheduling rules to create schedules that promote work-life balance, productivity, and overall workflow efficiency. This solution netted a 97.6% physician retention rate and a 35% increase in use in the first five years. During that time, iNDIGO tripled in size yet was able to maintain flexible scheduling without compromising patient care.

2015 Special Recognition Awards:

acc22015 Intelligent Health Global Thought Leader Award: Dr. Bill Crounse, Senior Director Worldwide Health for Microsoft Corporation

2015 Intelligent Health Ambassador Award: Dr. Kaveh Safavi, Managing Director for Accenture’s Global Healthcare Business2


2015 Awards

2015 Grand Award: University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) for altering leadership behavior and improved patient satisfaction scores – Sue Murphy, RN, BSN, MS, executive director, Patient Experience and Engagement program, and Dr. Alison Tothy, associate chief medical officer for the program as well as a pediatrician at UCM.

2015 Improving Regulatory Compliance Award: UPMC Enterprises (Pittsburgh, PA) for a mobile solution for providers to communicate clinical information securely – Dr. Rasu Shrestha, chief innovation officer at UPMC and executive vice president, UPMC Enterprises.

2015 Improving the Patient Experience Award: Care and Safety for modernizing the collection of patient care to respond quickly and efficiently across the campus – Sue Murphy, RN, BSN, MS, executive director, Patient Experience and Engagement program, Dr. Alison Tothy, associate chief medical officer for the program as well as a pediatrician at UCM.

2015 Most Innovative Use Case Award: The University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville, TN) for significantly increasing surgical supply availability by automating inventory and location data throughout the surgical suites – Becky Ashin, vice president of the Advanced Orthopaedic Center at the medical center.

2015 Most Innovative Use of Business Intelligence Award: Health First (Rockledge, FL) for combining four IT systems into one and automating process methodology, thus significantly reducing hospital readmissions and discovering significant cost savings – Karie Ryan, Health First’s chief of clinical informatics.

2015 Best Comprehensive Integration Award: Ochsner Health System (New Orleans, LA) for its electronic solution to support formulary maintenance in pharmaceutical delivery among its 13-site enterprise-wide system – Chris Entwisle, RPh, IT pharmacy manager; Ginger Schnell, pharmacy IT lead; and Ann Lockhart, clinical transformation and informatics.


2014 Special Recognition Awards:

2014 Education Award: Emily Jerry Foundation – Chris Jerry, Founder, Emily Jerry Foundation.

2014 C Suite Award: Philip Fasano, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente.

2014 Awards

2014 Grand Award: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Bobbie Carroll, RN, MHA, senior director of patient safety and clinical informatics, Sarah Giga, MS, manager, clinical systems integration.

2014 Improving Regulatory Compliance Award: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Conrad Emmerich, associate vice president for resource management and enterprise visibility, Beverly Essick, D.O.M. and director of clinical compliance and regulatory services, Mary Jagim, associate director, Office of Enterprise Visibility.

2014 Improving the Patient Experience: Care and Safety Award: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Bobbie Carroll, senior director of patient safety and clinical informatics, Sarah Giga, MS, manager, clinical systems integration.

2014 Most Innovative Use Case Award: Mercy, Chesterfield, Missouri – Dr. Joseph P. Drozda, Jr., director of outcomes research.

2014 Most Innovative Use of Business Intelligence Award: Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware – Leslie Mulshenock, director, Christians Care’s Heart and Vascular Interventional Services, Matthew P. Esham, the manager for the Heart and Vascular Information Technology Department.

2014 Most Innovative Use for Physical Security Award: Beaumont Health System of Royal Oak, Michigan – Carleen Penoza, director of infomatics.

2014 Best Comprehensive Integration Award: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Conrad Emmerich, associate vice president for resource management and enterprise visibility.


2013 Awards

2013 Grand Award: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 11 – Michael McDonald, Biomedical Engineering Point of Contact in VISN11 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kimberly Brayley, Director, VA RTLS Project Office

awards-22013 Improving Regulatory Compliance Award: US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System Sterile Processing Services (VAAAHS SPS) -VAAAHS SPS Chief, Robin McLeod and VISN 11 Biomedical Engineering Point of Contact, Michael McDonald (Indianapolis, IN).

2013 Most Innovative Use Case Award: Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, WA) – Donnell Coomes, Enterprise Project Management, Senior Project Director.

2013 Improving the Patient Experience: Care and Safety Award: Florida Hospital Celebration Health (Celebration, FL) – Ashley Simmons, Director, Performance Improvement Department.

2013 Best Comprehensive Integration Award: Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR) – Dennis Minsent, Director, Clinical Technology Services,; Angela Baltz, Clinical Engineer, Chris Coffman, Senior Applications Engineer, IT Healthcare Professional Services Applications.

2013 Finalists: Best Comprehensive Integration: Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA) – Scott C. Phillips is Principal, Wireless for Kaiser Permanente and St. Joseph’s Hospital (Atlanta, GA) – Lisa Stepps is Data Analyst for St. Joseph’s Hospital Atlanta.