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Commons Development

-- LynnwoodBrown - 04 Nov 2006


Coming to grips with the potential of the TWiki platform and how best to best take advantage of the power of collaboration is both daunting and exciting. Beyond simply providing a forum to share ideas, the TWiki technology that underlies the COMMONS user interface is an incredibly powerful and flexible development platform for any number of services and applications of use to ACORN members.

For example, a group practice may wish to use ACORN to create an electronic medical record that can be viewed by other practice members with the proper authorization. The TWiki template for this record set up could be shared with other practices, which are free to further modify it for their own use. With time, a robust electronic medical records application would evolve that would be available to all ACORN members.

These are just ideas that come to mind. The thing about the COMMONS is that if you can think of it, you can build it with help from the community. Something to think about.

-- JebBrown - 04 Nov 2006

Thanks Jeb

A cursory look was pretty impressive. Thanks

Two items fyi. 1. CBH won the Davies Award for the best implementation of EHRs (see below) and 2. MHCA is working on the development of an Applied Research group that would meet at their quarterly meetings. It would be the net evolution of their Outcomes Forum. The wiki is ight in line with that effort so thanks.


For more information, contact:

Cathi Norton, 812 – 355-6387,


Center for Behavioral Health Receives 2006 Davies Award of Excellence

BLOOMINGTON, IN (2006) – For only the second time in its eleven year history, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has awarded a behavioral health organization their prestigious Davies Award of Excellence.

The Center for Behavioral Health received the 2006 award for their innovative use of Electronic Health Records (EHR).

Originally created in 1994, the Davies Award of Excellence program is named in honor of Dr. Nicholas E. Davies, a practicing physician who believed that the computer-based patient record was needed to improve patient care.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Dennis Morrison, Chief Executive Officer of Center for Behavioral Health. “It represents another example of our ongoing commitment to quality of care and safety to the people we serve. In 1999, CBH was the first behavioral healthcare organization to win the Ernest A. Codman Award for Excellence in outcome measurement.”

CBH is the only organization in the world to be awarded both the Codman Award for Excellence in Performance Measurement and the Davies Award of Excellence. Center for Behavioral Health offers a complete range of outpatient counseling and therapy, psychiatric, 24-hour emergency, vocational, and residential services and is a proud member of the Bloomington e-Health Collaborative.

HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence/page 2

About HIMSS The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of human health. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., and other locations across the country, HIMSS represents more than 20,000 individual members and over 300 corporate members that collectively represent organizations employing millions of people. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its advocacy, educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.

-- JebBrown - 07 Nov 2006
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