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Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence
2002 Award Recipient is Dr. Marion Ball.
Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence
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 .
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, (ACMI)
medical informatics prize for HON President 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
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
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
Morris F. Collen
Award of Excellence, (ACMI) http://www.amia.org/acmi/events/events.html