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The Top 25 Innovators awards & recognition program recognizes leaders who are instituting innovation and leading transformative programs that improve care by achieving measurable results and contributing to the clinical and financial goals of their organization.


  • Open to a director or above in a provider organization (hospital, health system, clinic or physician group) or insurer. We realize that organizations have varying title structures. Please use this as a guide when determining if your candidate qualifies.
  • Researchers and public policy officials are eligible, but nominations must reflect real-world impact of their work
  • Suppliers/vendors are eligible 

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • November 22, 2021 – Nominations Open
  • January 31, 2022 – Nominations close at 11:59 PM PT (there will not be an extension)
  • April 2, 2022 – Honorees published online

Judging Criteria

Nominations should be submitted under one of the following categories. You may nominate for more than one category. A separate nomination form is required for each nomination.

Categories for Nomination
Population health 

  • Please describe an initiative the nominee launched to address a community health need. This can include but is not limited to, social determinants of health, the COVID-19 pandemic, or equity of care. (Hospital nominations should be tied to gaps identified in most recent community needs assessment.)
  • Please describe an instance where the nominee identified and addressed a new community need.
  • What measurable and sustained results have been achieved over the last two years in improving health outcomes for the specific population?
  • Describe how scalable the program is and how other organizations can adopt and adapt a similar strategy.


  • What consumer/patient-centered technology or program has the nominee implemented?
  • What are the organization’s measurable gains in such areas as patient access to care or use of online tools?
  • Describe how scalable the program is and how other organizations can adopt and adapt a similar strategy.

Quality and safety

  • Please describe the initiative the nominee has taken that addresses one or more of the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of healthcare: safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.
  • What measurable and sustained improvements have been achieved over the past two or more years in CMS core quality measures and/or reduction in patient harm?
  • Describe how scalable the program is and how other organizations can adopt and adapt a similar strategy.

Cost reduction

  • Please describe the initiative the nominee has taken to improve the organization’s financial position by identifying opportunities for cost reductions and/or improved efficiencies. An initiative cannot have had a negative impact on access or quality of care or be solely/primarily built around workforce reductions.
  • How has the implemented program improved quality and/or financial performance for the organization?
  • Describe how scalable the program is and how other organizations can adopt and adapt a similar strategy.


All nominations must be submitted online by the deadline. Nominators will select one of the categories above and answer the required questions. Answers are limited to 1,000 words. Nominations can be submitted for more than one category but must be done in a new, separate submission. 

Required Materials/Documentation

A current resume and headshot are required for submission.
Supporting documents are not required, however, they are encouraged to be submitted. Up to 5 supporting documents may be uploaded to the online application. Supporting documents may consist of letters of recommendation, articles in which the nominee has been featured, etc. 


To submit a name for consideration, there is a nomination fee of $100, which must be paid upon submission. Your candidate will be presented to our panel of judges and the top editors of Modern Healthcare for consideration. Payment does not guarantee inclusion in this honor roll. Multiple nominations for one individual do not influence the process in any way.


Interested in advertising in Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Innovators published issue? Please contact your Modern Healthcare Account Executive at 312.649.5311 to learn more.


If you have any questions about the program, including the criteria, nomination and selection process, or deadline, please contact [email protected].


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