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2016 Categories

Enter your solution or service into one, or multiple, categories. Judges will score each entry on a 1-5 scale to identify the top solution in each of the following categories. In addition, we’ll recognize three “Best in Show” winners from among all entries, based on the entry’s ability to save money, engage patients or revolutionize the industry.    

  • Clinical Information Management
  • Data Analytics/Business Intelligence
  • Digital/Mobile Health Solutions
  • Financial/Operational Solutions
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Population Health Management/Patient Engagement Solutions
  • Privacy & cybersecurity solutions

Judges' Criteria

How your entries will be scored
Judges will score your submissions, using a scale of 1-5, in each of the areas below. 

  • Care efficiency: Does this solution or service streamline workflow in a way that would facilitate more efficient, effective care?
  • Competitive Advantage: Can this product or solution deliver a genuine, defined and identifiable competitive advantage? Does it offer distinct, game-changing advantages over other products or solutions currently available in the marketplace?
  • Financial Impact/Value: Does this product enable new revenue opportunities or greatly enhanced cost savings? Can it fundamentally enhance one or more operational areas? Does it streamline workflow in a way that would lead to new operational efficiencies? Can it yield measurable cost savings?
  • Market Need: Would judges consider using this solution or service in their own health payer organization? Do current market conditions support a need for this type of product?
  • Patient Experience/Satisfaction: Does this product improve the patient experience? 
  • Quality of care and patient outcomes: Would this solution or service have a direct impact on patient care and outcomes?
  • Overall Fierceness and Innovation: Is this product truly cutting-edge? Is it a game-changer for the market segments it would impact or organizations that would use it?

Best in Show

All of the category winners will be eligible for our three "Best in Show" honors. 

  • Fiercest Cost-Saving Solution: The solution capable of delivering the most dramatic savings.
  • Fiercest Engagement Solution: The solution most likely to enable patient engagement and/or involve patients more directly with their care.
  • Fiercest New Product/Service: The most innovative product among all entries—the product most likely to positively and dramatically impact healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

"Best in Show" winners will be selected from among the highest-scoring entries.


The Fierce Innovation Awards offer a variety of involvement options. Choose the one that suits your budget and will help you gain more awareness in this crowded market!

$500 Award Application Only

Our basic entry fee allows your solution or service to be reviewed by our expert judging panel of health system CIOs.
(Note, you may submit a single product/service for consideration in more than one category, however, the $500 fee will be charged per category.)

$250 Directory Listing

Enhance your participation in the program with a 150-word directory listing in our Fierce Innovation Report, circulated to all 170,000 readers of the FierceHealthcare suite of publications. 
Directory listing specs: 150 word maximum; include any hyperlinks, 2 maximum.

$500 Single Page Ad

Increase your exposure in the Fierce Innovation Report by placing a full-page ad.
Ad specs: 2048px x 1536px @ 72 DPI .pdf document; horizontal orientation; can include up to two hyperlinks.

$750 500-Word Article

A unique opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership! Include an article in the Fierce Innovation Report. Article specs: 500-word maximum; must include headline and byline; submit as .doc or .docx; include .eps file of company logo; include up to two hyperlinks.


Our Judges

Submissions will be judged by a distinguished panel of CIOs and clinical leaders from some of the nation’s top healthcare systems, medical practices and ACOs. Submissions will be blind and will not be reviewed by members of the Fierce editorial team.

Neal Ganguly
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
JFK Health System

Indranil (Neal) Ganguly is the VP & CIO of JFK Health System, a “Most Wired” facility located in Edison, NJ.  In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that IT supports the strategic objectives of the 498 bed medical center and affiliated entities.  Neal is active in industry organizations including the CHIME where he is a board member and holds the FCHIME and CHCIO designations and is active in public policy matters.  He is also a member of HIMSS where he is a Fellow and former board member, as well as past-chair of the Public Policy Committee.  Neal was named to the InformationWeek Healthcare CIO 25 list for 2012 and Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know” list.  He has also authored numerous articles in industry trade publications, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Curt Kwak
Proliance Surgeons

As the Chief Information Officer for Proliance Surgeons, Curt oversees all technology implementation & maintenance necessary to meet the business requirements of the 80+ Care Centers within the Proliance Surgeons enterprise. The IT organization is responsible for all internal IT systems & functions maintaining the Clinical EMRs, Corporate Systems as well as partner systems. The team also is responsible for the development of key data interfaces to assist in developing data & clinical analytic strategies to help enable strategic decision support. Previously, Curt was the Chief Information Officer at the Washington Health Benefit Exchange ( and prior to that, at Providence Health & Services, WA region. Curt earned his Executive M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. He has also successfully completed the CIO Certification program from the Haas Business school at U of California, Berkeley. Curt is a member of the HIMSS WA Chapter board, elected as the Secretary of the Board. He is also a member of Everwise& donates his time to the UW MSIS program to mentor up and coming technology leaders. Curt has been a CHCIO (Certified Health CIO) since 2010.

Theresa Meadows
Senior Vice President and CIO
Cook Children's Health Care System

Theresa Meadows is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas.  Cook Children’s is a national award-winning, not-for-profit, integrated pediatric health care system comprised of nine companies. She leads a team of 200 members covering areas such as infrastructure, applications, telecommunications, and program management. The IS team currently supports 140 project initiatives that include deploying business intelligence, advanced clinical systems, and enterprise resource management. For has 20 years she has lead efforts for incorporating information systems as a mechanism for facilitating process improvement, clinical quality, and efficiency. Prior to joining Cook Children’s her career included serving in roles as a registered nurse in a Cardiac Transplant Unit; healthcare consulting, project management, and leadership positions at a web development company and a large Electronic Medical Record Company.  Meadows also served as a Regional Director for Ascension Health Information Services where she not only lead software implementations but was instrumental in the development of Communities of Excellence.

Roger Neal
CIO and VP, Information Technology
Duncan Regional Hospital

Roger Neal is the vice president of IT and CIO for the 138-bed Duncan (Okla.) Regional Hospital. He has lead projects including the installation of a hospital-wide PACS, electronic nursing documentation systems, integrated physician office systems and patient safety systems. He received a Master of Science degree in telecommunications management from Oklahoma State University.

Todd F. Richardson
Senior VP/CIO

Todd F. Richardson is the Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer at Aspirus, where he has served in this capacity since September of 2012.  Prior to joining Aspirus, Mr. Richardson was the CIO at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana.  While at Deaconess, Mr. Richardson led the organizations enterprise rollout of the Epic E.H.R. and recognition as a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 facility, as well as one of Modern Healthcare’s Most Wired facilities.  Previous to joining Deaconess, Mr. Richardson has served as the Vice-President of IS for both CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Waterloo, Iowa.  In these capacities, he had direct responsibility for the implementation of the Cerner and McKesson Electronic Health Records.  Mr. Richardson has been active at the state and national level in advocacy efforts around healthcare IT, through his professional memberships in HIMSS and CHIME, and has received his CHCIO certification through CHIME.  Mr. Richardson currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the Wisconsin Epic Users Group (WIEUG) and has served on the board for the New Mexico Health Information Exchange as well as on the management committee of the Indiana Network for Patient Care which is part of the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

Edward D. Ricks
VP and CIO, Information Services 
Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Edward D. Ricks, MHA, is the Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, SC. Prior to joining Beaufort Memorial in 2008 he filled the same role for Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY. Ed has over twenty five years of health care information systems experience, with the last fourteen years at a senior level. Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is a member of HIMSS and CHIME.

Rishi Sikka, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Transformation
Advocate Health Care

As Senior Vice President of Clinical Transformation at Advocate Health Care, Dr. Sikka has system level responsibility for clinical operations – including pharmacy, critical care, quality, safety, clinical effectiveness and business intelligence/”big data.”  He also serves on the board of Advocate Physician Partners, the clinically integrated network with 4,000 physicians serving over 600,000 attributable lives. Dr. Sikka’s career has spanned a variety of leadership roles in fields including media, technology start-ups, hospital administration, managed care and big data.  His experience included roles at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL; Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA; Medco Health Solutions, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Health Benchmarks, Woodland Hills, CA (acquired by IMS); Praxeon, Cambridge, MA (a Boston health technology start-up); Prudential Health Care, Atlanta, GA; and KTTC-NBC, Rochester, MN. Dr. Sikka received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN.  His internship in internal medicine was completed at St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, NY and his residency in emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA.  He received his bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.     

Terry Booker
Vice President, Corporate and Business Development
Independence Blue Cross (IBC)

Terry Booker is vice president of corporate and business development at Independence Blue Cross (IBC). In this position, he is responsible for growing IBC’s core businesses in commercial, individual, Medicare, and Medicaid business lines. Booker also oversees IBC’s corporate growth through diversification efforts that include acquisitions, partnerships, affiliations, and development of new companies. Booker has extensive experience with business development for large private sector companies and government entities from leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Prior to joining IBC, Booker served as vice president and head of business development for Grain Communications Group, Inc. a company that builds, owns, and operates wireless communication towers for federal, state, and local government agencies. Booker was the founder and managing partner of Axis Partners LLC, a business development advisory practice that provides services to small corporations as well as governmental and nonprofit entities. Booker graduated with a bachelor of science in economics with a dual concentration in entrepreneurial management and marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Deborah Gordon
VP of Marketing Sales and Product Strategy for Senior Products
Tufts Health Plan

Deborah Gordon, an expert in healthcare innovation and consumerism, is CEO of Voxent, a technology organization supporting reproductive health providers nationwide. Deb was previously chief marketing officer at Network Health, a nationally ranked Medicaid plan, leading marketing/communications, business development, and product management. Deb traveled in Australasia exploring consumer empowerment as one of nine 2013 USA Eisenhower Fellows, and was a 2011 Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree. She has written for Harvard Business Review online, and served on Marketing Health Services’ Editorial Board, FierceHealthPayer’s Advisory Board, Massachusetts’ Choosing Wisely campaign, and Family Services of Greater Boston Board of Trustees. Deb earned a BA in Bioethics from Brown University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. 

Julie Slezak
Chief Analytics Officer

Julie is an experienced business executive with over 20 years in healthcare.  Her focus has been in research, analysis, outcomes data science and data analytics.  She has lead research and analytical organizations including teams at the University of Illinois’ School of Public Health and the enterprise analytics organization at CVS Caremark. At Hewitt she partnered with Fortune 100 companies as the national expert for clinical analytics and health outcomes.  She is considered an expert on utilization management, medication adherence, health and wellness strategy & design, and implementations of these and related programs for health plans and employers. At eviCore as the Chief analytics officer, she leads the analytics organization focusing on building foundational data for self-service tools,  data science, predictive modeling and analytic strategy.

Victtoria Bogatyrenko
Vice President , Consumer Strategies
United Healthcare

Victoria Bogatyrenko serves as vice president, Consumer Strategies, of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, the nation’s largest provider of health benefits for Medicaid beneficiaries. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of the organization’s consumer strategy to create experiences that will meet the needs and preferences of this diverse population. Since joining UnitedHealthcare in 2000, Ms. Bogatyrenko has held varies roles across the organization. She joined the company as vice president, Network Management, of UnitedHealthcare’s New York Tri-State health plan, and later served as executive director for that market. She also led multiple programs in UnitedHealthcare’s national employer division.Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Ms. Bogatyrenko held positions in health care management and finance at Oxford Health Plans, Deloitte and Touche Healthcare Consulting, Lehman Brothers and Chemical Banking Corp. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Innovation Report

Download the 2016 Innovation Report, which is a companion publication to the awards program. The report examines the guiding forces in healthcare innovation and their impact on advancing cost-savings, patient care and outcomes. This report also provides a forum for Fierce readers to learn more about the winners of the Fierce Innovation Awards program.

Curious to seethe 2015 report? You can download it here.


Any company that has a healthcare technology product, solution or service that addresses a specific need or challenge faced by hospitals, health systems, ACOs or medical practices.

Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET

Visit our Categories page for descriptions of each category. If you still can’t decide, feel free to contact us and we can help you figure out which category or categories are the best fit for your product, solution or service.

Yes. You may submit the same product to multiple categories, or, submit multiple products to the same category. There is no limit to how many applications your company can submit.
It is mandatory for your application to include your company name, company website, product name, company overview (150 words maximum), product description (500 words maximum), an explanation of the real world application of your product (500 words maximum), and your company logo as a .EPS file. You also have the opportunity to provide up to ten pages of additional information such as press releases, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

Visit the Apply Now! page to submit your application. You'll need to provide us with your contact information, a Microsoft Word file of your application containing your company name, company website, product name, company overview (150 words maximum), product description (500 words maximum), an explanation of the real world application of your product (500 words maximum), an .EPS file of your company logo, and payment via credit card. 

You will receive an email confirming that your submission was successful. If you have issues submitting your application, please contact us.

The cost to submit a single application is $500. Applicants also have the opportunity to purchase advertising in our Innovation Report (a report that will examine the most important forces guiding power innovation as well as recognize finalists, category and Best in Show winners). Advertising opportunities include directory listings, full page advertisements, and thought leadership articles. All pricing information can be found on our Pricing page.

You can pay for your application using a credit card at the time of submission. 

Each application will be reviewed by multiple judges against a set of criteria designed to evaluate the product’s ability to make a positive, innovative, real world impact for hospitals/hospital systems, physician group practices and payers/insurers. 

Best in Show winners are selected from category winners. Each category winner’s application is resubmitted to the judges who then select the most impressive cost saver, the best patient engagement solution and the most innovative product overall.

Yes, judges will supply comments and feedback on your submission.

If we have not addressed your question or if you need additional information, please contact us.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email You can expect a reply within 24 hours.

2016 Winners

Congratulations to our winners!

Click here to download the 2016 Healthcare Innovation Report.


Congratulations to the 2016 Healthcare Innovation Awards Finalists, and thank you to all those who applied.

Clinical Information Management
Altruista Health // GuidingCare™ Connect
Central Logic // Central Logic Patient Connect
Congenica Ltd // Sapientia
Glytec // eGlycemic Management System
McKesson Health Solutions // InterQual Connect
Wolters Kluwer // POC Advisor

Cybersecurity and Privacy
Avaya // SDN Fx Healthcare Solution
Aventura // Aventura Sympatica™
Protenus // Protenus Proactive Patient Privacy Analytics Platform

Data Analytics/Business Intelligence
Anthem // Payment Innovation Management System (PIMS)
Connance // Whole Patient Insight (TM)
Medalogix // Sunleaper
Orion Health // Orion Health MSSP Management
Xerox // Xerox® HealthClarity Solution

Digital/Mobile Health Solutions
Connecture // DrugCompare
constant therapy, inc. // Constant Therapy
Kaiser Permanente // Integrated Video Visits
Pulsara // Pulsara
Vocera Communications, Inc. // Vocera® Rounds
WellDoc // BlueStar

Financial/Operational Solutions
analyticsMD // analyticsMD decisionOS
CredSimple // CredSimple
HealthEdge // HealthRules Payor
Impinj, Inc. // Hospital Supply Usage Tracking – DeRoyal’s Continuum Safe
InstaMed // Auto Payment Collect

Health Information Exchange
AssistRx // iAssist
Orion Health // Orion Health Amadeus, the Platform for Precision Medicine

Population Health Management/Patient Engagement Solutions
Evariant // Evariant Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution
Intarcia Therapeutics Inc. // Medici Drug Delivery System™
MAP Health Management, LLC // MAP Recovery Network Behavioral Health Population Management Platform
RelateCare // Post Discharge Follow Up Program
Solera Health // Solera Health
Xerox Corporation // Xerox Health Outcomes Solution