AMDIS names 2009 award winners
The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), which represents approximately 1,800 health IT executives, has announced its annual awards that salute achievement in applied medical informatics. The awards will be distributed at the 18th annual Physician Computer Connection Symposium in Ojai, Calif., this week.

The 2009 AMDIS award winners (both individuals and facilities) are:
  • Michael Dominguez, MD, medical informatics officer at University Health System in San Antonio, Texas;
  • Fallon Clinic in Worcester, Mass.;
  • Cynthia Herzog, MD, medical director of informatics at MemorialCare Medical Centers in Orange County, Calif.;
  • Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif.;
  • Steve Margolis, MD, chief medical information officer (CMIO) at Orlando Regional Healthcare in Orlando, Fla.;
  • Jon Morris, MD, medical informatics officer at Wellstar Health Systems in Marietta, Ga.;
  • Matt Sprunger, MD, CMIO at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.;
  • UPMC Interoperability Team at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh.

The AMDIS awards honor the individuals and/or organizations who have applied information systems and computer technology into the practice of medicine. The association said its judging criteria include:
  • Demonstration of a medical information systems/technology application;
  • Use of information systems to improve patient care;
  • Use of IT to support a more effective medical practice; and
  • Use of information systems/IT to improve work flow and contain health costs.