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UPMC Leaders Honored by Healthcare IT News

February 26, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 26 -- The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center issued the following news release:

Andrew Watson, M.D., medical director of the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM), and Pamela Peele, Ph.D., chief analytics officer for UPMC Health Plan, were honored by Healthcare IT News as winners of the 2014 H.I.T. Men and Women Awards.

The awards, which honor "the game changers and trailblazers in healthcare IT (information technology)," were presented this week at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

In addition to his duties for the Center for Connected Medicine, Dr. Watson also is a practicing surgeon and medical director for telemedicine for UPMC, as well as chief medical information officer for UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division. He was voted by the readers of Healthcare IT News as one of three winners in the "Shapers and Influencers" category.

Dr. Watson is a fourth-generation surgeon and a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. Considered one of the leading forces in the advancement of mHealth (mobile health) in clinical settings, nearly a third of his practice involves using telemedicine to increase access and convenience for patients. He serves on the board of the American Telemedicine Association.

The Pittsburgh-based CCM is the world's first collaborative health care executive briefing center. It serves as a resource for innovative, patient-centered and population health models. UPMC is one of five founding partners of CCM.

Dr. Peele is responsible for data analytics activities, economic modeling, predictive modeling, statistical analysis, and machine learning for the UPMC Insurance Services Division. She has overseen advancements in the area of predicting patients who are at high risk of hospital readmission. She was chosen as one of three winners in the "Innovators, Up and Coming," category by Healthcare IT News voters.

Dr. Peele's work focuses on the application of economic and statistical models to improve the health and welfare of populations. Dr. Peele's analytics team supports robust health care strategies for nearly 2.3 million UPMC Health Plan members to improve their clinical outcomes, while also keeping health insurance costs affordable.

Dr. Peele's analytics team supports the work of the UPMC Insurance Services Division's Center for High Value Health Care which has recently been awarded two prestigious federal contracts through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) established through the Affordable Care Act, which focus on improving outcomes that are important to patients with chronic conditions.

In all, nine winners from three categories were voted as the 2014 H.I.T. Men and Women for "their vision, talent and perseverance" in advancing the adoption of technology to improve the effectiveness of health care.

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