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The winners of the 2016 Microsoft Health Innovation Awards were announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS16). Each year, Microsoft acknowledges innovative health organizations and their technology solution partners that are using Microsoft technology to improve healthcare for patients and communities while meeting rigorous compliance and security standards. It’s a great opportunity to showcase how industry leaders are taking advantage of intelligent technologies to enhance care delivery, harness the power of data and research, reduce costs, and streamline clinical and business processes.

Demonstrating how today’s technologies are promoting digital transformation in healthcare, here are the winners in each of the submission categories:

Building the Intelligent Cloud (two winners)

Primary Health Medical Group and Proskriptive

Proskriptive blended electronic medical records with claims data to provide a single unified patient view, enriched by risk models sourced from leading healthcare organizations, allowing Primary Health to more easily identify and manage cost/quality commitments. A central management console allows Primary Health to easily monitor their progress against all risk bearing contracts.

West Ridge Obstetrics and Gynecology and Patient identification Platform

The Patient identification Platform (Patient i.P.) automates the historically time-intensive process of patient matching for clinical trial participation.  The Platform securely de-identifies and aggregates electronic health record data so that clinical trial protocols can be automatically processed, rapidly identifying where and how many patients match the criteria requirements. The Patient iP solution enables group such as West Ridge Obstetrics and Gynecology to identify and match patients for clinical trials yielding increased treatment options, improved quality of life, and potentially lengthened lifespans.

Creating More Personal Computing

Tribridge Health360 is a consumer-centered, cloud solution built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM to enable Healthcare Providers to Personalize Care Experiences and achieve Population Health goals.

Reinventing Productivity and Business Processes (two winners)

Apollo Hospital Enterprises
Apollo Hospitals, a pioneer of private health care in India, developed an analytics solution consuming clinical big data to ensure analysis and communication of disease and infection surveillance information to both clinical and non-clinical teams using Microsoft’s data and analytics services. The implementation of the analytical tool brought the process of analysis and clinical decision support systems to near real time.

Partners Healthcare and Health Catalyst
Partners Healthcare deployed Health Catalyst’s Late Binding™ EDW and Analytics Platform to deploy an advanced episodic care analytics application, enabling big-picture and detailed views into the true cost and utilization of all aspects of care related to a particular clinical event, whether the care is delivered within Partners or outside.

Open Innovation

Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute and Liquidweb
Braincontrol is a breakthrough technology that gives those with severe communication and mobile disabilities the ability to control objects with their minds.  It works like a “mental joystick,” allowing people suffering from pathologies such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, tetraplegia and various kinds of muscular dystrophies, to overcome severe physical and communicative disabilities. Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute, located in Italy, uses Braincontrol in the treatment of patients with severe communication and mobility disabilities.

In addition to acknowledging the innovative solutions of the award recipients, we would like to thank each of the distinguished judges who reviewed this year’s entries:

  • Kelly Aldrich, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Center for Medical Interoperability
  • Russell P. Branzell, CEO and President, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)
  • Taren Grom, Founding Partner, PharmaLinx and Editor-in-Chief, PharmaVOICE magazine
  • Ahmad Hashem, CEO, Boston Biopharma, Inc.
  • Cathy Ivory, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Ben Rooks, Principal, ST Advisors
  • Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist and Advisor, THINK-Health and Health Populi blog
  • Gienna Shaw, Editor-in-Chief, FierceMarkets
  • Jay Srini, Chief Strategist, SCS Ventures
  • Victoria L. Tiase, Director of Informatics Strategy, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Gus Venditto, VP of Content Development, HIMSS Media

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