MIQS Recognized With Global Information Technology Award That Pays Tribute to Individuals and Organizations That Use Information Technology to Benefit Society
BOULDER, Colo., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- MIQS, a Boulder-based electronic medical information software (EMR) company, has been recognized as a 2009 Laureate and Finalist and a winner of the top award, the 21st Century Achievement Award, by the Computerworld Honors Program. Victor E. Pollak, M.D., who co-founded the company with electronic medical record software pioneer John P. Flynn, accepted the awards during the 21st Annual Laureate Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. MIQS was founded in 1990 to enable better medical care for patients with chronic diseases.
For over two decades, Computerworld Honors has acknowledged those individuals and organizations that have used information technology to benefit society. This is the second time MIQS has been so honored. In 1998 MIQS was recognized with a Computerworld Smithsonian Finalist Award. The Computerworld Honors Program is dedicated to a singular mission: "A Search for New Heroes." Each year the Program seeks out, honors and documents the extraordinary innovations of individuals and organizations that are leading the global IT revolution.
MIQS focuses its expertise on chronic disease, where the U.S. spends 75% of our $2 trillion annual health bill and where information technology can make the greatest impact both medically and financially. Dr. Pollak, a chronic disease expert, notes that these patients need continuous lifetime medical care from many caregivers in many places. All caregivers need to access the patients' entire records. MIQS' unique Sybase(R) ASE-driven Disease Manager Plus(TM) software suite enables this, and manages both clinical and business processes in caring for patients with chronic diseases such as kidney disease, diabetes, dialysis and transplantation. Today, used by 5,500 medical personnel in nearly 200 care locations in the U.S. and internationally, it allows caregivers to maintain complete, digitally coded, analyzable lifetime patient medical histories, immediately available anytime, anywhere. It displays clinical data trends to show the connection between treatments and outcomes at the point-of-care and enables continuous improvement with built-in analysis and decision support.
Only MIQS has proven, in two peer-reviewed publications, the ability of a correctly modeled EMR to improve health outcomes in chronic disease in a meaningful way. In one 9-year study representing some 4,000 patient years, the use of Disease Manager Plus decreased mortality by almost 40% when used by physicians to help manage chronic kidney disease patients treated by dialysis - and with 25% fewer staff than the average U.S. dialysis unit. Only MIQS' unique medical record model has been able to document improvements such as these.
George F. Rovegno, CEO of MIQS said, "We not only need to employ the power of modern IT in healthcare, we need to use it in the right EMR model to reap the benefits of technology to improve the health of our citizens, especially if we want to address chronic disease adequately." Combining electronic medical records, practice management, and decision-support within an integrated and analyzable application, Disease Manager Plus also substantially reduced costs and increased revenues.
"Each Laureate selected for this honor understands the importance of using one's resources and technical prowess to benefit one's fellow man," said Bob Carrigan, Chairman of the Computerworld Honors Program Chairmen's Committee and President, IDG Communications.
Dr. James McGroddy, MIQS Chairman, comments on the Honor: "We are humbled to have been recognized twice with Computerworld Honors. And we are very pleased to have been recognized with the top award this year. It is a testament to our talented team members and the support of our clients that we have been able to succeed in applying technology to improve the lives of others."
In winning this award, MIQS joins other previous winners including: Medtronic, Apple Computer, Federal Express, General Electric, Amazon.com, Stanford Medical School,
Contacts: Doug Meneley, Director/Sales and Marketing, 303-785-7550 or firstname.lastname@example.org George Rovegno, President & CEO, 303-785-7538 or email@example.com MIQS Inc. 2100 Central Avenue Suite 201 Boulder, CO 80301 USA
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