INNOVATION

Advancing our mission to empower people to impact health

From patient care portals that allow real-time diagnosis, to wearable technology that permits consumers to track their fitness level, to groundbreaking research that informs lifesaving treatments—accurate, complete, protected, accessible health information is at the heart of our most effective health innovations.

Health information professionals ensure the person in front of the data remains connected to their information at every touchpoint. This perspective empowers our partners in innovation to develop solutions that not only move technology and business forward, but also enrich the lives of people everywhere.

Grace W. Myers Award

Every year, the Grace Award presented by AHIMA recognizes an outstanding organization’s journey toward innovative HIM practices that deliver better patient outcomes. Browse the past recipients below and learn about the innovation they’re leading. Learn more about the Grace Award here.

2020 Grace Award

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA Lower Length of Stay and Readmission Rates through Data Analysis As one of the top children’s hospitals in the country, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) welcomes patients from all over the world, often for medically complex care. The work of the health information team allows for precise digital assessments that [...]

2019 Grace Award

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) - Eastern Wisconsin Division Data Analyses Makes the Difference Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) - Eastern Wisconsin Division turns diagnoses and patient population data into critical care. Through regular, rigorous analysis by the HIM team, HSHS - Eastern Wisconsin Division made the decision to open a wound clinic, increase the [...]

2018 Grace Award

Yale New Haven Health, New Haven, Connecticut Sharing Data Encourages Decisions that Benefit Patients Monthly meetings with the CFOs and CMOs across the network foster a culture of accountability and collaboration with finance and physicians. Yale New Haven HIM teams listen to ideas, concerns and feedback from these colleagues, generating actionable plans that streamline denial [...]

2017 Grace Award

SCL Health, delivering health care throughout Colorado, Kansas and Montana Achieve Data Visualization through Staff Training SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization offering comprehensive, coordinated care through multiple care settings, including hospitals, physician clinics, home healthcare, hospice, mental healthcare, and safety-net services in Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. The AHIMA award committee selected SCL [...]

2016 Grace Award

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus Ohio Data Modeling Identifies ‘Predictors’ for Better Health The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) received the 2016 Grace Award based on their excellence and advancements in five categories aligned with the 2014-2017 AHIMA Strategic Plan, including Innovation, Leadership, Public Good, Information Governance, and Informatics. “We [...]

2015 Grace Award

Allina Health of Minneapolis, Minnesota HIM without Walls Allina exemplifies “HIM Without Walls” with health information professionals involved at a variety of program levels; chairing and participating on several enterprise-wide committees; serving as subject matter experts for electronic medical record (EMR) user groups; and providing education and training. Through its HIM consolidation efforts, Allina has [...]

2014 Grace Award

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas Leveraging the EHR The AHIMA Grace Award Committee recognized Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for successfully integrating health information management (HIM) expertise enterprise-wide to improve patient care and population health, and lower costs. At Children’s, HIM credentialed professionals work in multiple departments, including in compliance, finance and information services, [...]

2013 Grace Award

Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Missouri Putting Health Information at the Center of the Health Ecosystem When Truman Medical Centers (TMC) implemented Cerner’s Lighthouse Solutions, the organization was able to not only track patient care, but TMC also improved patient care by mitigating problematic issues caused by the hospital stay itself. One impressive result was [...]

2012 Grace Award

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin Early Adopters of the EHR Reap Rewards University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) first began their electronic health record (EHR) journey in the 1990s by interfacing labs, radiology, and transcribed documents. In 2008 they took the next step in utilizing health information, adopting the motto “great [...]

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