HealthIT 2015

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Applications are now being Accepted

2015 Winners Announced

Brought to you by the publishers of FierceHealthIT, FierceMobileHealthcare and FierceHealthcare, the Fierce Innovation Awards recognize game-changing healthcare technologies and solutions that will catapult healthcare delivery into exciting new realms.

Our judges have reviewed all submissions and determined which have the potential to make the greatest impact on savings, healthcare delivery and patient engagement. The award categories will highlight the technologies that address the most important challenges and pain-points healthcare organizations are facing today and into the future.

Winners were announced on December 9 during a live Webcast. A complete list of winners may be found below.

Download the 2015 Fierce Innovation Report: Healthcare Edition.

The goal of this our awards program is three-pronged:

  • To promote the competitive spirit and initiative that spurs the development and implementation of game-changing services, technologies and solutions.
  • To identify and reward the fiercest, most evolutionary technologies and services that can transform healthcare delivery and operational success.
  • To provide an arena where the best and most innovative solutions providers can have their technologies and services reviewed by savvy end-users and decision-makers.

Host publications:

2015 Winners

Congratulations to our winners!

Click here to download the 2015 Healthcare Innovation Report.




With so many vendors crowding the space today, decision-makers are forced to wade through a crowded field of vendors before making a buying decision with confidence. Participating in the Fierce Innovation Awards can help push your company to the top of their list of potential vendors.

Your products will be judged by a panel of CIOs and clinical leaders from some of the nation’s top healthcare systems, medical practices and ACOs. Your company and its solution will be promoted to the 170,000+ influencers and decision-makers who read and trust FierceHealthcare, FierceHealthIT and its related publications.

Companies with cutting-edge products and services shouldn't risk passing on this opportunity—your competitors won't! Deadline for application submission is Friday, October 30, 2015.

Winners will be announced during a live Awards Webcast on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.  All "Best in Show" winners will have the opportunity to speak briefly about their winning solutions during this live event.

2015 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 (including clinical decision support tools, transcription tools, medication management, meaningful use, CPOE, ePrescribing, imaging management)
  • EHRs
  • Data analytics tools and solutions
  • Digital/Mobile health solutions (including telemedicine, hardware, wireless solutions)
  • Population health management/Patient Engagement solutions
  • Health Information Exchange (including cloud computing, systems integration)
  • Revenue cycle management (including ICD-10 solutions, claims processing, financial clearance, A/R management)
  • Privacy & cybersecurity solutions

Judges' Criteria

To be eligible to enter, your company must provide products and solutions to at least one of the following stakeholders:

  • Hospitals/hospital systems
  • Physician group practices/Ambulatory Care Centers
  • ACOs

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.

Our Judges: 

Our Judges

Submissions will be judged by a distinguished panel of third-party 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.

Chris Belmont
VP and CIO
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chris Belmont is vice president and CIO for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He joined the system in September 2013 after serving in a similar role with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans for 7 years. He has more than 30 years healthcare IT experience, previously holding positions in IT leadership, sales and consulting with Siemens, Healthlink and IBM.

Susan Heichert
CIO and Senior VP
Allina Health

Susan serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Allina Health, an integrated delivery system of 13 hospitals and 80+ clinics in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  Allina Health is one of the Pioneer ACOs, has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) and has been recognized as a “Most Wired” health system. Susan has served in various roles during her 11 years at Allina Health, with a focus on implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for which Allina Health received the HIMSS Davies Award in 2007.  She is a Fellow of HIMSS and has served on the Davies Award and Nominating Committees as well as contributing to HIMSS publications.  She has been recognized as a MN Top 10 CIO of the Year (2011) by the Minneapolis Business Journal, and a Top 10 Women Powerhouses in Health IT (2013) by HealthCare IT News.  Susan has served as Community Faculty for Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN) and volunteers with a variety of community groups.

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.     

Lac V. Tran
Senior Vice President, CIO and Associate Dean 
Rush University Medical Center

Lac Tran is the Senior Vice President, CIO and Assosciate Dean at Rush University Medical Center. Lac has 30+ years as CIO at large healthcare institutions including University of Dayton Research Institute, Wilford Hall Medical Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Sciences and Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Boston Children’s Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine Methodist HealthCare Systems. Lac is one of the pioneers in designing/developing first Healthcare Clinical Repository / Data Warehouse Packages and networking image processing (specifically in medical and aerospace medicine). He is also a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including Commander-in-Chief Excellence Award Recognition for special projects and the Chicago United 2011 Business Leaders of Color award.



Live Awards Webcast & Innovation Report: 

Live Awards Webcast & Innovation Report

Winners were announced on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Click here to view the webcast on demand.

Click here to download the 2015 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 see last year’s 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, October 30, 2015 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.

Finalists will be notified via email on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Winners will be announced during a live webcast on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 2PM ET. Finalists, category and Best in Show winners will all be recognized. Best in Show winners will also have the opportunity to speak during the webcast.To register for the live webcast please contact us at

Immediately following the live webcast our Innovation Report will be available for download. The Innovation Report will also recognize the finalists, category and Best in Show winners.

The Innovation Report is a companion publication to the awards program. This report will highlight some of the most vexing challenges, promising technologies and transformative solutions that are advancing the industry. The Innovation Report also serves as a gateway for Fierce readers to learn more about the companies selected by our judging panel of health plan executives as the best and brightest pioneers in the industry.  

There are also advertising opportunities available within the report including full page ads, thought leadership articles, and directory listings. Please visit our Pricing page to learn more.

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


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