Real-World Solutions Shine in AMIA Awards

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cathay General Hospital takes the cake in "the Pie Award" for new chemotherapy process; University of Utah innovators "work it" with support of shared decision-making in the iDeas that Work Competition

BETHESDA, MD (February 13) – At its inaugural iHealth 2014 conference, held from Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 in Orlando, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) honored leaders in clinical informatics innovation as winners of the AMIA Provider Innovation in Informatics (Pi2) Award, affectionately known as "the Pie Award," and the iDeas that Work Competition.

The award winners were chosen for demonstrating the practical leadership and innovative thinking needed to further the field of clinical informatics and contribute to the transformation of healthcare delivery. AMIA partnered with SSi-SEARCH and the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) to establish and present the awards.

"Clinical informatics leaders are at the forefront of innovation, creating and deploying the technologies that will allow us to radically improve healthcare," said Jeffrey Williamson, M.Ed., AMIA’s Vice President of Education and Academic Affairs. "We're pleased to offer these awards to healthcare professionals who are leading the way toward improved population health, individual healthcare experiences and cost effectiveness."

The Pi2 award, which focused on informatics solutions that have been applied within healthcare settings, was presented to Ming-Chuan Jessie Kuo, RN, MS of Cathay General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan/ROC for the entry, "Seamless Total Safety: Mobile Intelligent Chemotherapy Medication Administration." The team developed an approach to reengineer the entire chemotherapy medication process, addressing issues like safety checks, interoperability of infusion pumps and leveraging handheld mobile devices.

Ms. Kuo and her supporting team will also receive their choice of free pie for a year, a play on the name of the award, in appreciation of the true team effort required for innovation.

"The Pi2 Award winning team demonstrated the dedication and forward-looking perspective that will further clinical innovation,” said Pamela Dixon, Managing Partner of SSi-SEARCH, which partnered with AMIA to present the Pi2 Award. "To achieve change in healthcare, we need to acknowledge brilliant, action-oriented leaders like these to leverage the most powerful tool we have—integrated and applied informatics—to move quickly in the direction of the triple aim. We are so pleased by the quality of all the projects and appreciate the efforts of all teams that submitted projects, especially the four finalist teams."

The iDeas that Work Competition offered awards of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for proposals focused on clinical informatics products with the potential to improve healthcare delivery. The winners included:

  • 1st Place $5,000 prize: Qing Zeng-Treitler, PhD, Joshua Proulx, BS, Brent Hill, MS, RN, Carrie Christensen, BA, Bruce Bray, MD, University of Utah: HeartsLikeMine: Personalized Support for Shared Decision Making Using a Large Clinical Data Repository
  • 2nd Place $3,000 prize: Noah Craft, MD, PhD, Art Papier, MD, Logical Images and University of Rochester College of Medicine and Dentistry: Data Visualization Strategy Leads to the First Widely Used Diagnostic Clinical Decision Support System
  • 3rd Place $1,000 prize: Nina Lundberg, Karolinska Institute: My Healthcare Flows

"With the iDeas that Work prizes, we’re proud to recognize leaders who are contributing new ideas to the field of clinical informatics,” said Glen Moy, Senior Program Officer for CHCF’s Better Chronic Disease Care Program, which partnered with AMIA to establish the award. “These teams are focused on solving difficult challenges within healthcare delivery and developing solutions that cannot come quickly enough."

Leaders in healthcare such as physicians, nurses and hospital administrators are making important strides in using clinical informatics technologies and analytics methods such as electronic health records (EHRs), natural language processing and data analysis algorithms to improve healthcare delivery within their systems. Continued application of clinical informatics has the potential to improve healthcare quality and cost effectiveness.

To discuss clinical informatics innovations on the horizon, connect with AMIA on Twitter or Facebook. Contact for more information about the Pi2 Award, and contact for more information about the iDeas that Work Competition.


About AMIA
AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, serves as the voice of the nation's top biomedical and health informatics professionals and plays an important role in medicine, health care, and science, encouraging the use of data, information and knowledge to improve both human health and delivery of healthcare services. More about AMIA is online at

SSi-SEARCH leads in the recruitment of next generation leadership. We deliver leadership that can lead change, innovate and transform healthcare. Find out more about SSi-SEARCH at

About CHCF
The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians. We support ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency, and lower the costs of care. To learn more about CHCF, please visit