The 2011 Awards and Awardees:


Award Title:   The First UDOH Data Contributor to the Utah Clinical Health Information Exchange (cHIE): Medicaid Medication Lists


For Excellence in Partnership and National Significance


Team Leader: Brenda Bryant (MHF)

Team Members: Tim Morley (MHF), Vern Cornelison (DTS), Chris Warren (DTS), Ronaldo Baltazar (DTS), Francesca Lanier (CHD)


Description: Medicaid is the first UDOH agency to send Medicaid clients’ medication histories to the state-designated clinical Health Information Exchange (cHIE), administrated by the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN). The exchange of public health clinical information is coordinated by the Center for Health Data and maintained by the staff from Utah Department of Technology Services.



Award Title:  Utah Data Analysis and Reporting Tool (UDART): the First Standardized Public Health Program Monitoring System in Utah, 2001-2011


                For Excellence in Partnership, Process Improvement, Management Informatics Innovation


Team Leaders: Claudia Bohner and Whitney Johnson

Team Member: Heather Borski


Description: The Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) has partnered with Utah Association for Local Community Health Education specialists (ULACHES) and the 12 local health departments to develop and implement the UDART since 2001. This is a low-cost and effective state-local contract management system. UDART has standardized progress reporting across BHP contracts with Local Health Departments, improved data quality and comparability, increased data sharing among public health programs, increased efficiency and ease of progress reporting and report review, and assisted with program planning for users.


Award Title: Interoperability between Intermountain Healthcare’s Electronic Health Records and UDOH Death Registration (EDEN)


For Excellence in Partnership, National Significance, Interoperability Innovation


Team Leader: Jeffrey Duncan (CHD)

Team Members: Leisa Finch (CHD/OVRS), Keyi Niu (DCP/DTS), Jacob Tripp (Intermountain)


Description: Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics (OVRS) and Intermountain Healthcare jointly developed the first real-time mortality surveillance interoperability between healthcare and public health in the nation. OVRS adopted HL7 standards for their Electronic Death Entry Network (EDEN) to electronically exchange death registrations with Intermountain’s Electronic Health Records, “HELP2” Cause-of-Death Module. The death interface has been successfully used to certify nearly 40 deaths in pilot testing and the final HL7 message we developed is being balloted as a draft standard for trial use by the HL7 organization. edenIHC2011.jpg


UDOH Informatics Brownbag Awards Committee

Chaired by Barry Nangle

Participated by Nancy McConnell, Joshua Legler, Jon Reid, Connie Higley, and Wu Xu


Selection Criteria for the 2011 UDOH Public Health Informatics Award


An informatics application or practice demonstrates:


·         National significance in innovation

·         Significant improvement in process

·         Significant improvement in partnership

·         Significant impact on health outcome

·         Innovative training or education in public health informatics


All Public Health Informatics Awards are team awards:


·         The team will receive a plaque with team recognition of the best practice

·         Each team member will receive a  paper certificate of individual recognition

·         Paid vendor will not be counted as a formal team member.