Excellence in Public Health Informatics Award Recipients

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


The 2010 Awards and Awardees:


?1. For Implementation of a nationally significant information system:

Joshua Legler, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and? Preparedness

2. For effective process improvement in informatics:

Sam Vanous, Office of Health Care Statistics

3. For Training and Education in Informatics:

Mike Webb and Chris Pratt, DTS: Process and Tools in IT Project Management

4. For Partnership in Informatics:

Gary Berg, Healthinsight

The 2009 Awards and Awardees:






The 2008 Awards and Awardees: