Health Organizations: Enter Today to Win Microsoft’s Annual Health User Group (HUG) Innovation Awards

22 March 2011 | Steve Aylward, General manager, US Health & Life Sciences Solutions & Strategy, Microsoft

Calling on all health information technology innovators: The Microsoft Health User Group (HUG) is now accepting entries for its annual Innovation Awards.

Now in its 14th year, the awards program honors health organizations and independent software vendors and systems integrators who create the most impactful and innovative health solutions with Microsoft-based products.

All Health-related organizations worldwide whom have developed and implemented a solution independently or in working with a technology solution partner, as long as the solution is based on the latest Microsoft technologies. Entries typically are submitted by hospitals, health systems, clinics, group practices, public health organizations and health plans, but any health organization is invited to enter.

ABOUT THE AWARDS: You can download an entry form and the official awards rules here . The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. PT on April 18, 2011. A panel of industry experts will evaluate entries on the basis of to what extent the innovation meeting the following criteria:

• Represents a breakthrough from the industry’s historical approaches.
• Goes beyond incremental improvements on technologies that already exist.
• Measurably improves significant business and/or clinical processes that positively impact patient care.

Winners and finalists will be announced at the annual Microsoft Connected Health Conference in Chicago at the end of April.

WHAT’S THE BENEFIT: The awards give you the opportunity to showcase how your organization, and/or your customer’s organization, is using technology to transform healthcare through improved quality and reduced costs. In addition to being honored at this year’s Microsoft Connected Health Conference, the winners receive a trophy and will be featured in promotional and marketing activities, including a public announcement of the winners, related web content, and possible media interviews. Winners also will receive marketing materials, including a winner-specific logo, to help them publicize their award.

Last year’s winners include Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and its technology solution partner Claricode. Together, they leveraged Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft .NET Framework to develop ASTER, the adverse drug event (ADE) Spontaneous Triggered Reporting System that submits ADE reports directly from electronic health records to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In 2009, the American Heart Association and its partner Get Real Consulting, won for their solution, Heart360. The online health management tool sets personal goals for blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and tracks for other heart disease risk factors. All this data is then stored online in the patient’s HealthVault account.
The deadline for entries is fast approaching. If you have a breakthrough Microsoft-based healthcare solution, we want to hear about it!
Steve Aylward
General manager, US Health & Life Sciences Solutions & Strategy, Microsoft