HIMSS awards recognize health IT achievements
On Sept. 14, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) named five recipients for the 2007 Nicholas E. Davies Awards of Excellence in the organizational, ambulatory and public health categories, who demonstrated interoperability excellence and excellence in the implementation of the EHR.
The recipients of the 2007 Davies Awards are:

Organizational: Allina Hospitals & Clinics in Minneapolis, Minn., which includes 11 hospitals and 65 clinics, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Ambulatory: Valdez Family Clinic in San Antonio, Texas, a solo-practitioner operation serving an economically disadvantaged and medically underserved community.

Ambulatory: Village Health Partners (formerly Family Medical Specialists of Texas), currently an eight-physician family practice in Plano, Texas.

Public Health: Illinois-National Electronic Disease Surveillance System in Springfield, Ill., a web-based application used by all 95 local health departments in Ill. and by healthcare providers and laboratory staff throughout the state to report and investigate infectious disease conditions, clusters and outbreaks.
Public Health: Institute for Family Health in New York City, which 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 city.

The 2008 Davies Awards call for applications begins on Jan. 1, 2008.