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Children's National Receives 2015 Computerworld Data+ Editors' Choice Award From IDG Enterprise

Geospatial Team

Washington, DC — The Business Intelligence and Analytics team at Children’s National Health System was recently named as a 2015 Computerworld Data+ Editors’ Choice Award honoree. This award recognizes innovative big data initiatives that have delivered significant business value. 

“We are pleased to announce the 2015 Data+ Editors’ Choice Awards honorees,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief, Computerworld. “This year’s honorees have used analytics to solve vexing business and humanitarian problems. They are taking data analytics to the next level – mining data to make fast business decisions, measure risk, create efficiencies and much more.”

Children’s National utilizes geospatial technology, combined with data mined from de-identified electronic health records, to inform clinical care decisions and understand what factors may be impacting a patient’s health outside the health system’s walls. 

Working with clinical staff, the geospatial analytics team has studied conditions such as childhood obesity, sickle cell disease, bronchiolitis and burns within the Washington, DC, region. In one project, the team was able to characterize the childhood obesity prevalence in the region and determine the associated factors contributing to this condition.  In another project, while tracking the geography of thermal burns across the region, the team identified geographical clusters where water heaters were being turned up too high. Once provided with this data, clinicians in the Department of Trauma and Burn Surgery led by Dr. Randall Burd were able to develop an education campaign targeting families within those neighborhoods. 

“Geospatial capabilities are still growing within the healthcare industry and gaining traction in clinical care and population health,” says Brian Jacobs, MD, Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Information Officer at Children's National. “We’re pleased to be recognized by Computerworld for our unique work utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) to give clinicians and researchers actionable information that can ultimately improve health outcomes for our patients.”

The Data+ Editors’ Choice Awards honorees and their achievements will be highlighted in a special September feature on, including the geospatial work Children’s National did on thermal burns. 

About Computerworld’s Data+ Editors' Choice Awards

The Computerworld Data+ Editors’ Choice awards program was launched in 2013 by IDG’s Computerworld editorial team to recognize organizations that are mining big data to analyze and predict business trends and monetize this information. Organizations were asked to complete questionnaires detailing their big data projects, which were then reviewed by the Computerworld editorial team. From those questionnaires, honorees were selected for their ability to achieve business benefits through big data, and demonstrate real‐world results and best practices. View the 2014 winners on

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