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Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

Dr. Marion Ball
Professor Jean-Raoul Scherrer

The 2002 Award Recipient is Dr. Marion Ball.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

This special award is made to an individual who has shown leadership and madesignificant contributions to medical informatics. The ACMI Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence will be presented to Marion J. Ball, EdD at the Opening Session of AMIA 2002.

Dr. Marion Ball is an international innovator, educator, author, and leader with over twenty-five years of experience in the field of health care information technology.

Through her work on behalf of the National Library of Medicine and its Board of Regents, Dr. Ball is well acquainted with the mission and promise of programs in the federal, academic, and private sectors, and has published some of the core texts in the field and in telehealth. Her book, Cancer Informatics: Essential Technologies for Clinical Trials, was recently published, making this her twentieth title published in the health informatics series she edits for Springer-Verlag, New York.

She is a founding board member of Health on the Net (HON) and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where she earlier served as a member of the IOM committee to improve the patient record.

Dr. Ball has received numerous academic, national, and international awards for her contribution to the medical and information technology industry, including her 1984 induction into the American College of Medical Informatics. She is the recipient of such coveted awards ad the Distinguished Service Award from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Pioneer Award for Computers in Healthcare and is a two-time recipient of the President's Award from the American Medical Informatics Association.

Dr. Ball is an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and an affiliate faculty of Information Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

As an educator and speaker, Dr. Ball has led workshops and lectured on various aspects of health informatics worldwide. Most recently, she has concentrated on patient safety and the role of enabling technologies.

As Vice President of Healthlink's Clinical Solutions Division, Dr. Ball helps health care companies with their integrated computing services from planning, developing, selecting, training and implementing to optimizing their clinical systems.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) http://www.amia.org/acmi/events/events.html

Top medical informatics prize for HON President Scherrer

Professor Jean-Raoul Scherrer MD, PhD, executive president of Health On the Net Foundation and Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, has become the first non-American to win the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, one of medical computing's most prestigious prizes.
 
Granted annually by the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the award goes to an individual who has "shown

leadership and made significant contributions to medical informatics". Noted internist and healthcare computing expert Charles Safran, MD, who presented the award in a special ceremony November 8 in Los Angeles, said: "Jean-Raoul Scherrer is one of our pioneers. His work lights up the field for all of us who followed."

In 1959, Professor Scherrer received his MD from the Geneva University Medical School and became laureate of the faculty for his doctoral thesis in 1965. From 1967 to 1970 he did research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York and within the Department of Anaesthetics at Columbia University, New York. One year later, in 1971, Professor Scherrer was back in Geneva as lecturer in medical informatics at the University Medical School. The same year he launched an ambitious development project called DIOGENE, which rapidly became Europe's first full-fledged hospital informatics system. He was made full professor in 1979. As director of Geneva University Hospital's computer center, he led the former star network system of the early 1970s to full migration onto distributed architecture in 1995. In 1984, he founded the Swiss Society for Medical Informatics (SSMI). Professor Scherrer became executive vice president of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) in charge of Working Groups and Special Interest Groups (1993-1996) and also served as executive president of European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) from 1996-1998. In 1995-96, backed by the Ministry of Health of the Canton of Geneva, Professor Scherrer helped create Health On the Net Foundation (HON), where he became president upon his retirement in 1998.

Professor Scherrer is author of more than 300 scientific publications, an energetic hiker and skier and a fine connoisseur of classical philosophy and the arts.

The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) was formed in 1984 to recognize the contributions of leaders in the science and application of medical informatics. ACMI is the fellowship component of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) http://www.amia.org/acmi/events/events.html


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