August 1, 2014

Awards Program

ACU HIT Awards for 2013

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) will recognize programs and individuals who employ innovative approaches to health information technology (HIT) during the HIT and the Underserved conference in March 2013.  The Awards Program is open to practitioners and agencies that provide health services to patients from underserved communities.

ACU is looking for health centers, free clinics, homeless, migrant and public housing programs, health systems, managed care organizations, provider organizations, community services and individual professionals who have implemented health information technology tools to support innovation in providing health care services for vulnerable communities.

Nominees for these awards should demonstrate:

  • Contributions to changing healthcare delivery with Health IT
  • Creative/innovative programs that integrate health IT and demonstrate improvement in access to safe, effective, quality care that meet the needs of the individual patient
  • Innovative population health management approaches using Health IT
  • Active patient engagement including education and self management using  Health IT
  • Successful demonstration of improved collaboration among consumers, payers, providers, and systems using Health IT
  • Cost effective workflows and programs using Health IT

Award Categories

  •  Community Agency Award
  • User From the Field Award
  • Transdisciplinary Care and HIT Award

Application Process for ACU HIT Awards

Application should be sent via email to awards@clinicians.org and include the following:

A. Cover Sheet

1. The name and contact information for the organization or professional being nominated

2. The category they are being nominated for (use the descriptions below to select the award category

3. The name and contact information for the submitter (if different from the nominee), including daytime phone number and email address.

B. Narrative description

A description of the program and a summary of the most compelling reasons why you or your program should be named as the Award winner in the category(s) selected. The narrative should not exceed 750 words.

The narrative description should include:

  • A description of how HIT is used in this setting and how it might specifically impact underserved communities or individuals with special needs.
  • Outcomes data to support the nomination, if available.
  • Specific examples of how you or your program demonstrated stellar achievements over the past year in the areas of innovation, leadership, outreach, cost containment and/or patient education, empowerment and engagement.

Supporting materials (not included in the 750 words)

These could include patient testimonials, press notices and other documents that support the nomination.

Applications should be submitted as a Word document, single space, with 1 inch margins, using Times New Roman font size 11. Supporting materials must be submitted electronically.

The deadline for nominations: midnight, January 31, 2013

Category Descriptions

Community Agency Award

Community Agencies which have demonstrated a commitment to underserved patients and have used HIT to enhance any of the following areas:

  • Outreach to hard to reach populations
  • Cost saving technology which improves the health care team’s ability to provide services to disparate communities
  • Care coordination programs
  • Use of HIE (information Exchange) to improve the quality of care, access to care
  • Patient experience of care
  • Consideration of language, culture and literacy to reach underserved communities
 User From the Field Award

Individual health team members who have developed a workflow or technique to effectively serve patients and/or their families are eligible for this award.  This award would be given to any member of the transdisciplinary healthcare team who has effectively used a technology, software or device that has improved care of the undeserved.

Nominees for this award may have used HIT in one of the following ways:

  • Demonstrated a unique use of the technology or device to provide care, outreach, education, care coordination to underserved communities
  • Helped to develop or test an HIT tool used in unique communities
  • Demonstrated focused attention on consideration of language, culture and literacy in reaching underserved communities
  • Improved care in any of these areas: care coordination, patient self management skill, patient engagement, or information exchange
Transdisciplinary Care (TDC) and HIT Award

One of the founding principles of ACU is the belief in transdisciplinary care (TDC). Transdisciplinary teams are uniquely suited to provide care that is coordinated, integrated across disciplines and more effective in improving health outcomes. This award is intended for a TDC Team that is using HIT in caring for underserved communities.

  • A TDC team may demonstrate skills in any area noted below:
  • Demonstrated a unique use of the technology or device to provide care, outreach, education, care coordination to underserved communities
  • Helped to develop or test an HIT tool used in unique communities
  • Demonstrated focused attention on consideration of language, culture and literacy in using HIT in reaching underserved communities
  • Improved care in any of the areas: care coordination, patient self management skill, patient engagement, or information exchange