Salar and AMIA Announce Winners of Student Design Challenge: Reinventing Clinical Documentation

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Four Finalist Teams Present Novel Clinical Documentation Solutions to Medical Informatics Experts at AMIA

Salar, Inc., in partnership with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), today announced the winners of its Student Design Challenge: Reinventing Clinical Documentation, held at the AMIA 2013 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. Salar, a leading provider of clinical documentation, charge capture and CDI workflow solutions for hospitals and inpatient healthcare facilities, sponsored the competition to encourage thought leadership in the field of clinical documentation.

A team from the University of Virginia received top honors and a $1,000 cash prize for their presentation on The Electronic In-patient Progress Note: Less is More. The team conducted 45 interviews with a broad range of creators and users of inpatient progress notes and ran usability studies to examine flaws in current documentation tools. Their proposal aimed to simplify the progress note using information visualization techniques, including an innovative patient timeline of data and events to support system-wide orientation.

The goal of the Student Design Challenge was to bring together creative, forward-thinking teams of students from various scientific disciplines to reinvent electronic clinical documentation and its role in medical practice. Fourteen teams representing over 60 individuals – including students, physicians, engineers, designers and data scientists – had the opportunity to develop proposals for clinical documentation technologies. The top four winning teams presented their proposals to a packed auditorium of medical informatics experts during the AMIA Symposium. The winners were:

TITLE: The Electronic In-patient Progress Note: Less is More
AUTHORS: L. Colligan, C. Coleman, L. Dobry, S. James, K. McVey and S. Borowitz
UNIVERSITY: University of Virginia

TITLE: The Structured Concept Medical Encounter
AUTHORS: R. Atreya, P. Teixeira, M. Poku, W. Wen and M. Temple
UNIVERSITY: Vanderbilt University, Harvard

TITLE: Probabilistically Populated Medical Record Templates: Reducing Clinical Documentation Time Using Patient Cooperation
AUTHORS: T. Naumann, M. Ghassemi, A. Bodnari, and R. Joshi
UNIVERSITY: MIT            

TITLE: Clinical Documentation for Event Log Viewing: A Medical Record Design and Usage Proposal
AUTHORS: E. Shenvi, J. Zhang and E. Levy
UNIVERSITY: University of California, San Diego

Dr. Lacey Colligan, UVA’s team lead, said, “AMIA and Salar provided a tremendous opportunity to our cross-disciplinary team of students to work together, learn from each other and generate a creative design solution. We had a great deal of fun participating in this competition and the experience definitely impacted our individual professional goals."

“Designing effective, patient care-oriented clinical documentation has become challenging due to the regulatory and compliance demands of the market,” said Dan Schiller, President of Salar. “The students did an outstanding job proposing cutting edge methods and technologies for capturing, assessing and communicating clinical notes. We were thrilled to take part in AMIA’s design challenge and encourage further innovation around improving clinical documentation.”

About AMIA
AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, serves as the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals and plays an important role in medicine, health care, and science, encouraging the use of data, information and knowledge to improve both human health and delivery of healthcare services. More about AMIA is online at

About Salar
Salar, Inc. is a leading provider of clinical documentation, charge capture and CDI workflow solutions for hospitals and inpatient healthcare facilities preparing for the ICD-10 transition. Its cloud-hosted, mobile platform sits on top of legacy EMRs and makes it possible for medical specialties to customize their own note templates and capture structured clinical data for quality reporting. Documentation, charge capture and coding become more accurate and the revenue cycle is optimized when clinicians are given CDI tools and information upfront at the point of documentation. For more information, please visit:

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