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Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

Jan H. van Bemmel, PhD
Dr. Charles Safran
Dr. Marion Ball
Professor Jean-Raoul Scherrer

The 2015 Award Recipient is Jan H. van Bemmel, PhD.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

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Jan H. van Bemmel, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of Medical Informatics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics at Kaiser Permanente, this award is presented to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting impression on the field.
Dr. van Bemmel was Professor and Chairman of Medical Informatics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
He was head of the Department of Biosignal Processing at the Institute of Medical Physics TNO in Utrecht from 1963-1973, and Professor of Medical Informatics of the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Amsterdam from 1973 until he assumed his position in 1987.
He is the former Chief Editor of Methods of Information in Medicine and the International Medical Informatics Association's (IMIA) Yearbooks of Medical Informatics.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI)

The 2014 Award Recipient is Dr. Charles Safran.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

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Charles Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association and was previously Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Safran is co-Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics, a council member of the Health on the Net (HON) in Geneva, Switzerland and on the Board of Directors of Intelligent Medical Objects, a Northbrook, Illinois company.

Dr. Safran has helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems at the Harvard teaching hospitals. He led the development and deployment of their electronic health records which are used in all areas of ambulatory clinical practice. He has also worked on clinical decision support systems to help clinicians implement care guidelines, select diagnostic strategies for cancer patients, and treat patients with HIV/AIDS. He has developed telemedicine solutions to support parents with premature infants called Baby CareLink that he brought to the national market through a company he founded. He is now focused on improving family collaboration with the care of elders though the AHRQ supported InfoSAGE project.

Dr. Safran is currently the Clinical Informatics track chair for the Harvard Medical School master's program in biomedical informatics and NLM informatics fellowship. He developed and currently teaches a graduate level course at HMS -- An introduction to Clinical Informatics. He also co-teaches a course called, Medicine and Management for third year medical students who are also enrolled at Harvard Business School. He has directly mentored 21 fellows since that time including the current CIO of the hospital. Several of these fellows have risen to national and international prominence.

During Dr. Safran's tenure as President and Chairman of the American Medical Informatics Association, he initiated a broad national distance education program called the AMIA 10x10 program. He was also integral to AMIA 's outreach to ABMS to create the subspecialty of clinical informatics. Dr. Safran was part of the group who developed the core content documents for the subspecialty, and he led the group who specified training requirements for clinical informatics. He currently is on the exam committee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine that has created the exam for the clinical informatics subspecialty, which has been adopted by all the specialties of ABMS.

Dr. Safran has over 190 publications and speaks to national and international audiences. He has testified for the U.S. Congress on Health IT. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics and holds a Master 's degree in mathematical logic and a Doctor of Medicine all from Tufts University.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI)

The 2002 Award Recipient is Dr. Marion Ball.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

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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)

Top medical informatics prize for HON President Scherrer (november 2000)

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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)

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