$10,000 Innovation Challenge Prize awarded to Dr. James Morrison from Oregon Health and Science University.

From Left: Eric Leung, James Morrison, and Steven Kassakian. (Not shown: Jonathan Steinberger)

Leesburg, VA — July 12, 2016 — During the SIIM 2016 general closing session, the winner of the $10,000 Innovation Challenge prize was announced and awarded to James J. Morrison, MD, Interventional Radiologist and Clinical Informatics Fellow from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for his project, Voice Enabling the Image Enterprise. Morrison and his OHSU team: Jonathan Steinberger, MD, Steven Kassakian, MD, and Eric Leung, PhD candidate were one of four finalists who demonstrated their projects in the Science and Innovation Pavilion throughout the annual meeting, and then gave final pitch presentations to a panel of judges representing the fields of clinical medicine, informatics, business, and finance.

Morrison’s project addresses the inefficiencies of using standard keyboard and mouse interfaces, which he states “results in delays while accessing information, and underutilizes readily available patient data.” Morrison used an Amazon Echo to elucidate the possibility of automating electronic health record data extraction, radiology reference mining, inventory queries, patient scheduling, and result reporting through a voice interaction platform. Commercial solutions have opened a doorway into the voice enabled world, and Morrison’s idea would build upon this foundation by utilizing software developer kits and standardized application-programming interfaces augmented for use in medical imaging.

The SIIM Innovation Challenge provides a $10,000 prize to support innovation, exploration, and development of solutions that will help shape the present and future of imaging informatics. Ideas for software, apps, hardware, or other informatics technologies that solve a particular challenge in imaging informatics were submitted.

Morrison will use the $10,000 prize money to obtain additional hardware for development and testing. The award money will also allow for purchasing dedicated server space, domain registration, and a SSL certificate. Once these are in place, Morrison and team will deploy the system in an active academic radiology environment for testing. The OHSU team will present their progress to the SIIM Board of Directors and the 2017 Innovation Challenge Committee in six months, and also report back on the project at the SIIM 2017 Annual Meeting, June 1-3, 2017, in Pittsburgh, PA.


About SIIM

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine represents more than 2000 healthcare professionals with interest in enterprise information and image management. SIIM is a not-for-profit organization focused on education, clinical practices, research, and innovation in the field of imaging informatics. The society is committed to actively contributing to the development and advancement of imaging informatics professionals and scientists worldwide and to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare.


Catherine Wolniewicz
Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM)
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Publish date

Jul 12, 2016


  • Annual Meeting

Media Type

  • Press Release

Audience Type

  • Clinician
  • Developer
  • Imaging IT
  • Researcher/Scientist


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