UTHSC Office of Biomedical Informatics Chosen as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate
Memphis, Tenn. (April 2, 2013) – The Office of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has been named a 2013
Computerworld Honors Laureate in an especially competitive year for the prestigious program.
Established in 1988 and celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Computerworld Honors Program brings together the men, women, organizations and
institutions around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change.
The Office of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) provides the UTHSC research community with customized biomedical informatics applications to help control
complex translational and clinical workflow and data management needs. The office has developed a powerful integrated data system called Slim-Prim to help
faculty and their collaborators collect, store, maintain and analyze complex health care data. In addition, the BMI develops online analytics for
day-to-day data oversight and validation. BMI has also developed powerful image data management systems, which feature database modules that can serve as
either clinical or laboratory data management systems. BMI was nominated for the Computerworld award by colleagues in the UTHSC Information Technology
“This is a great honor and a real surprise,” said Ian Brooks, PhD, director of the BMI. “This award recognizes all the hard work everyone at UTHSC has put
into developing our clinical data management systems and collaborations over the last few years. It really shows the level of commitment from our
colleagues in ITS, the Office of Research, and the dedication of our faculty colleagues and collaborators to create a powerful set of systems to address
key health care questions in Memphis.”
To select this year’s Laureates, the Computerworld team relied on a panel of 22 distinguished judges — many of them Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader
Honorees from diverse industries — to evaluate the humanitarian benefits and measurable results of applying technology to meet a specific social or
business need. The UTHSC BMI case study was selected from more than 700 nominations to become one of 269 Laureates from 29 countries.
On June 3, award recipients and guests will attend a black tie awards ceremony and dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. During the
gala, each Laureate will be presented with a medallion inscribed with the program’s mission, “A Search for New Heroes.” Additionally, five Laureates from
each of the 11 Honors categories will be named as finalists for a 21st Century Achievement Award. One finalist in each category will then be named a 21st
Century Achievement Award winner. These awards will be announced on site at the event.
As Tennessee’s only public, statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the
benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing
an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training
opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences,
Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or allied health students — in addition to medical
residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science
Center has educated and trained more than 53,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more
information, visit www.uthsc.edu.