Microsoft Healthcare Users Group and Microsoft Announce Annual Awards Call for Entries

CHICAGO, and REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 13, 2005 — Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) and Microsoft Corp. today announced a call for entries for the MS-HUG Annual Awards, including a newly formed category to recognize the Microsoft partners that have developed the best solutions for a local or regional health information organization (RHIO) as defined by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Recognizing that RHIOs are viewed as the building blocks for a national healthcare IT infrastructure, innovation in this arena is critical to achieve the federal government’s goal of providing every American with an electronic medical record within 10 years. As such, the organizations believe it is imperative to recognize solutions that demonstrate the application of technologies, standards and business models that advance interoperability and enhance the security of information sharing in the healthcare ecosystem.

Awarded since 1997, the MS-HUG Annual Awards have been given to innovative providers of healthcare, leading independent software vendors and systems integrators that responded to the needs of the healthcare industry by developing or using Microsoft®-based solutions that provide tangible business benefits and improve patient care.

Healthcare Customer Awards Categories

Three finalists will be chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Microsoft Clinic of the Year

  • Microsoft Hospital of the Year

  • Microsoft Clinician of the Year

Healthcare Partner Awards Categories

Three finalists will be chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Acute Care: Clinical or Patient Information Systems

  • Administrative and Financial Systems

  • Ambulatory Care: Clinical or Patient Information Systems

  • Enabling Technologies

  • Interoperability/RHIO

Awards Schedule

An online entry kit and full details are available on the MS-HUG Web site at http://www.mshug.org/awards/index.asp. Entries must be submitted online by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005. More information about the awards is available by contacting Monika Skibeness at Monika_TCS@msn.com or (425) 316-3079.

Solutions from the finalists in each of the partner categories will be demonstrated at the HIMSS 2006 Annual Conference and Exhibition Feb. 12–16, 2006, in San Diego. Award winners will be announced during the conference and highlighted on the MS-HUG, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Microsoft Web sites.

About MS-HUG

Microsoft Healthcare Users Group is a membership community within the HIMSS Users Group Alliance Program, providing technology leadership and knowledge for improving healthcare delivery and efficiency. The alliance provides HIMSS with targeted industry expertise to help broaden its professional and industry contributions, and provides MS-HUG members with the opportunity to reach new markets with educational and professional development programs.

MS-HUG is the leading healthcare industry forum for exchanging ideas, promoting learning and sharing solutions for information systems using Microsoft technologies. MS-HUG works to provide industry leadership, drive appropriate standards and develop associated requirements in support of healthcare solutions. The diverse membership of MS-HUG is united by a shared interest in implementing vendor- and user-developed software based on Microsoft technology to improve quality and efficiency in healthcare. More information can be found on MS-HUG’s Web site at http://www.mshug.org.

About HIMSS

HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is the healthcare industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of human health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other locations across the country, HIMSS represents more than 14,000 individual members and some 220 member corporations that employ more than 1 million people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care. Visit http://www.himss.org for more information.

About Microsoft in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Microsoft provides standards-based products and technology to help the healthcare and life sciences industries break down information barriers between the disparate IT environments across provider organizations and physicians, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, government and private-sector employers, health insurers, and consumers. With Microsoft technology in place, healthcare organizations and individual workers collaborate more effectively, are more productive, and are able to spend less time managing their IT infrastructure and more time delivering high-quality patient care. More information about Microsoft in Healthcare and Life Sciences can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/healthcare.

About Microsoft

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