East Hawaii Regional Chief Information Officer Recognized as One of the CIO 100 Award Winners

Hilo, Hawaii – IDG's CIO magazine announced Money S. Atwal, the East Hawaii Regional Chief Information Officer and Regional Chief Financial Officer for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, as a recipient of the 2014 CIO 100 award. The 27th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

“The CIO 100 award is significant because it recognizes Money’s incredibly high level of expertise that he brings to our decision making process throughout our efforts to improve healthcare in the region,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional interim Chief Executive Officer. “His dual leadership role and wealth of knowledge mean our community is in good hands with respect to sound fiscal management and quality care through technology.”

"For 27 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. "Our 2014 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage." 

Atwal has led the charge in implementing the region’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR), MEDITECH 6.0x, from the launch in 2010 to its highest adoption of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and HIMSS Stage 6 and 7 in 2014.  He and his HealthConnect team are constantly looking for ways of optimizing the system and working to meet the needs of the physicians and staff on the frontlines of patient care. The cost of the project originally stood at $8 million with $2 million in Federal incentives already recouped for early adoption and an additional $2 million anticipated. The East Hawaii Region estimates the net cost of the electronic medical records system will stand at $4 million after receiving the remaining incentives.  

The early adoption and optimization of the MEDITECH 6.0x system has, in turn, strengthened the East Hawaii Region’s fiscal performance. The Region can calculate costs and monitor revenue and expenses, resulting in reducing the amount of time payments are received from 100 to 52 days and improving the time it takes to produce patient bills from 12 to 5 days.  

“The CIO 100 recognition means that we are reaching our organizational goals of working smarter to improve our community’s health with the dollars we have,” said Atwal. “I would like to thank my team for their trust and dedication over the past four, five years of implementing an EMR system and technology that work.”  

“Having a fully adopted EMR and obtaining HIMSS Stage 7 puts us among the top 2.9% of hospital systems across the country – a rare achievement that I am proud to share with my team. I would like to thank our employees, physician champions and physician leadership for their hard work and commitment.”  

In addition, Atwal serves as the Treasurer of HHIE (Hawaii Health Information Exchange) and a member of the HHIE Board of Directors, American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Waiakea Elementary School Community Council, and is an American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) coach. He has a bachelors degree in Engineering from Cal Poly, is an accomplished and certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and has a post-graduate degree from the GE Technical Leadership Program. Atwal considers his greatest role in life as an FIC, father-in-chief, to his two children in Hilo.

Atwal with his health information management and finance team take a moment to celebrate achieving the rare HIMSS Stage 7 in the electronic medical records adoption model, the highest level of adoption.


About the CIO 100
Recipients of this year's CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and selected the final 100. Coverage of the 2014 CIO 100 Awards will be available online at CIO.com on August 1, 2014 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine. Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, to be held Tuesday evening, Aug. 19 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.    

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About the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
As the Big Island’s leading providers of inpatient and outpatient care, the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), consisting of Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital, delivers a full range of services and programs. Our three hospitals in the region include 435 beds and over 1,250 employees and a medical staff comprised 250 community physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. The region has a network of 12 outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. Hilo Medical Center functions as a Level III Trauma Center, which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state, providing 24-hour care and serving more than 43,000 patients annually. Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals.  

The East Hawaii Region of HHSC is part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public entity established in 1996 by the State of Hawaii to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare. For more information, go to: www.hilomedicalcenter.org.