Working Group Awards

AMIA Working Groups issue several awards presented at AMIA annual conferences. Working Group Awards are originally sponsored by a Working Group and approved by the AMIA Awards Committee and Board of Directors.

Diana Forsythe Award

Honors either a peer-reviewed AMIA paper published in the Proceedings of the Annual Symposium or peer-reviewed article published in JAMIA or other journals publishing medical informatics-related content that best exemplifies the spirit and scholarship of Diana Forsythe’s work at the intersection of informatics and social sciences with a cash prize. Selection is determined by a sub-committee of the AMIA Awards Committee and the AMIA People and Organizational Issues Working Group, with the award presented annually at the AMIA Annual Symposium.

Current and past winners
  • 2013 - Sara L. Ackerman, Benefit or burden? A sociotechnical analysis of diagnostic computer kiosks in four California hospital emergency departments
  • 2012 - Eivor Oborn, Co‐authors Michael Barrett; Elizabeth Davidson. Unity in Diversity: Electronic Patient Record Use in Multidisciplinary Practice. Published in Information Systems Research.

  • 2011 - Korica, Maja Korica; Molloy, Eamonn. Making Sense of Professional Identities: Stories of Medical Professionals and New Technologies. Human Relations. (2010) 63 (12): 1879-1901.

  • 2010 - Reddy, Madhu C; Paul, Sharoda A; Abraham, Joanna; McNeese, Michael; DeFlitch, Christopher; Yen, John. Challenges to effective crisis management: Using information and communication technologies to coordinate emergency medical services and emergency department teams. International Journal of Medical Informatics. (2009) 78:259-269.

  • 2009 - Oudshoorn, Nelly. Diagnosis at a distance: the invisible work of patients and healthcare professionals in cardiac telemonitoring technology. Sociology of Health & Illness 30(2)2008:272–288.

  • 2008 - Telemedicine in the Upper Amazon: Interplay with Local Health Care Practices, Gianluca Miscione

  • 2007 - The Work to Make Telemedicine Work: A Social and Articulative View, David Nicolini

  • 2006 - Physicians, Patients, and the Electronic Health Record: An Ethnographic Analysis. Ventres, William, Kooienga, Sarah, Vuckovic, Marlin, Ryan, Nygren, Peggy, and Stewart, Valerie.

  • 2005 - An Ontology of Geo-Reasoning to Support Medical Response to Attacks with Weapons of Mass Destruction, David Kirsh, PhD, Nicole Peterson, Leslie A. Lenert, MD, MS.

  • 2004 - Mother Knows Best: Medical Record Management for Patients with Spina Bifida During Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care, Carston S. Østerlund, MA, PhD, Nienke P. Dosa, MD, MPH, and Catherine Arnott Smith, MA, MSIS, PhD.

  • 2003 - IT, Gender, and Professional Practice: Or, Why an Automated Drug Distribution System Was Sent Back to the Manufacturer, Joel Novek

  • 2002 - Asking Questions: Information Needs in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit, M.C. Reddy, MS, University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA, W. Pratt, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, P. Dourish, PhD, University of California - Irvine, Irvine, CA, and M.M. Shabot, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

  • 2001 - Resisting and Promoting New Technologies in Clinical Practice: The Case of Telepsychiatry, Carl May. Social Science in Medicine. 2001 Jun;52(12):1889-901

Nursing Informatics Working Group Student Award

Honors a student who demonstrates excellence in nursing informatics and who has the potential to contribute significantly to the discipline of nursing and health informatics. The candidate papers are recommended by the AMIA Annual Symposium Scientific Program Committee, and the selection of the recipient is made by a special committee within the AMIA Nursing Informatics Working Group.

Current and past winners
  • 2013 - Denise M. Pimintel, A Software Communication Tool for the Tele‐ICU
  • 2012 - Rhonda Guse Cady, A Mixed Methods Approach for Measuring the Impact of Delivery‐Centric Interventions on Clinician Workflow

  • 2011 - Not awarded.

  • 2010 - Cohort Amplification: An Associative Classification Framework for Identification of Disease Cohorts in the Electronic Health Record, S. Welch, University of Utah

  • 2009 - MedEx – A Medication Information Extraction System for Clinical Narratives, Hua Xu, Vanderbilt University

  • 2007 - Beyond Surface Characteristics: A New Health Text-specific Readability Measurement, Hyeoneui Kim, Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • 2006 - Predictive Modeling for the Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers, Tae Youn Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing

  • 2005 - Predicting the Likelihood of Falls Among the Elderly Using Likelihood Basis Pursuit Technique, Kanittha Volrathongchai, School of Nursing Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

  • 2001 - Mediating Between Nursing Intervention Terminology Systems, Nicholas R. Hardiker

Harriet H. Werley Award

A cash prize is presented to the paper presented at the AMIA Annual Symposium with a nurse as first author that is judged to make the greatest contribution to advancing the field of nursing informatics. The candidate papers are recommended by the AMIA Annual Symposium Scientific Program Committee, and the selection of the recipient is made by a special committee within the AMIA Nursing Informatics Working Group.

Current and past winners
  • 2013 - Adriana Arcia, Method for the Development of Data Visualizations for Community Members with Varying Levels of Health Literacy
  • 2012 - Constance Johnson, A Usability Problem: Conveying Health Risks to Consumers on the Internet

  • 2011 - In Search of Common Ground in Hand-off Documentation in an Intensive Care Unit, S. Collins, L. Mamykina, D. Jordan, D. Stein, A. Shin, P. Reyfman, D. Kaufman, Columbia University

  • 2010 - Building an Ontology for Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment to Allow Data Sharing and Comparisons Across Hospitals, H. Kim, University of California, San Diego; J. Choi, L. Secalag, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; L. Dibsie, UCSD Medical Center; A. Boxwala, L. Ohno-Machado, University of California, San Diego

  • 2009 - Fall TIPS: Strategies to Promote Adoption and Use of a Fall Prevention Toolkit, Patricia C. Dykes, Partners HealthCare System, Inc

  • 2008 - Intravenous Medication Administration in Intensive Care: Opportunities for Technological Solutions, Jacqueline Moss, University of Alabama at Birmingham Nursing

  • 2007 - An Analysis of Narrative Nursing Documentation in an Otherwise Structured Intensive Care Clinical Information System, Jacqueline Moss, University of Alabama at Birmingham Nursing

  • 2006 - Toward the Creation of an Ontology for Nursing Document Sections: Mapping Section Names to the LOINC Semantic Model, Sookyung Hyun, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY

  • 2005 - Promoting Safe Nursing Care By Bringing Visibility to the Disciplinary Aspects of Interdisciplinary Care, Gail M. Keenan, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and Elizabeth Yakel, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • 2003 - Clinical Information Needs in Context: An Observational Study of Clinicians Whil Using a Clinical Information System, Leanne M. Currie, M. Graham, M. Allen, S. Bakken, V. Patel, and J.J. Cimino, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 2002 - Information Model and Terminology Models Issues Related to Goals, S. Bakken, RN, DNSc, Columbia University, New York, NY, J.J. Warren, RN, PhD, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, A. Casey, RN, MSc, Royal College of Nursing, London, United Kingdom, D. Konicek, RN, SNOMED International, Northfield, IL, C. Lundberg, RN, Kaiser Permanente, Aurora, CO, and M. Pooke, MSc, DpodM, Clinical Professions Information Advisory Group, Northampton, United Kingdom

  • 2000 - An evaluation of ICNP intervention axes as terminology model components, Bakken, S., Parker, J., Konicek, D., & Campbell, K.

  • 1999 - A. Evaluation of a type definition for nursing activities, Suzanne Bakken, RN, DNSc, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA, & O'Brien

  • 1998 - Designing HeartCare: Custom Computerized Home Care for Patients Recovering from CABG Surgery, Patricia Flately Brennan, RN, PhD, Barrett Caldwell, PhD, Shirley M. Moore, PhD, RN, N. Sreenath, PhD, Josette Jones, MS

  • 1997 - Nurses' use of health status data to plan for patient care: Implications for the development of a computer-based outcomes infrastructure, Lush, M.T. & Henry, S.B.

  • 1996 - A decision support system for prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers based on AHCPR guidelines, Zielstorff, R.D., Barenett, G.O., Fitzmaurice, J.B., Estey, G. Hamilton, G., Vickery, A., Welebob, E., & Shahzad, C.

  • 1995 - Nurses, Pagers, and Patient-Specific Criteria: Three Keys to Improved Critical Value Reporting, K.E. Tate, PhD, R.M. Gardner, PhD, K. Scherting, LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah