David W. Bates, MD, MSc, FACMI, to be Awarded Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence at the AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium

Thursday, October 13, 2016

BETHESDA, MD – The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the 2016 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence to David W. Bates, MD, MSc, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Chicago. AMIA’s Annual Symposium is taking place Nov. 12 – 16.

In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting impression on the field. The award is determined by ACMI’s Awards Committee.

Dr. Bates is the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Medical Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners Health Care System. He also directs the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he co-directs the Program in Clinical Effectiveness.

"The Morris F. Collen Award is only awarded to the most distinguished informaticians. ACMI is honored to recognize Dr. Bates for his vision and truly significant accomplishments.” said ACMI President Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University. “We are grateful for his impact on the field of clinical informatics and commitment to AMIA’s mission. Congratulations to an exceptional, visionary leader."

Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in using information technology to improve clinical care. His special research interests include clinical decision-making and affecting physician-decision-making, particularly using computerized interventions; quality of care and cost-effectiveness and medical practice; and outcome assessment.

Patient safety has become a key driver for focusing national attention on health-care quality. Dr. Bates led a seminal study on the epidemiology of drug-related injuries, demonstrating that the most effective way to prevent serious medication errors is to focus on improving the systems. He has also performed many studies on how computerized, evidence-based guidelines can improve quality and efficiency. He has published over 700 peer-reviewed papers and has an h-index of 115, which ranks him among the 400 most cited biomedical researchers of any type. He is the editor of the Journal of Patient Safety.

He has contributed his advisory expertise to an extensive list of committees, task forces and panels advising a number of government agencies including service as a member of the U.S.'s HIT Policy Committee from 2009-2015, and was a member of the meaningful use subgroup, which helped define meaningful use.  Dr. Bates served as the chair of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup which advised the FCC, FDA and Office of the National Coordinator for HIT about issues around regulation of health information technology.

Dr. Bates has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics, and is past chairman of the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association. He has also been honored with the John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine and numerous other awards.

He serves as external program lead for research in the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for Patient Safety.  He is the immediate past president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

Dr. Bates is a graduate of Stanford University (1979), and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1983). He began his fellowship in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1988, and he received his MSc in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health (1990).

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the premier educational event in the field. The symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics and over 100 scientific sessions. The Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field -- translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

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AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,200 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health.