Hammond Attends 100th Birthday Celebration for Dr. Morris Collen



Morris F. Collen, MD, FACMI, a pioneer in informatics, turned 100 years old on November 12, 2013. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and The Permanente Medical Group hosted The Collen Symposium: Looking Back to Look Forward at the prestigious St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

AMIA recognizes Dr. Collen for having had “a profound influence, not only on the creation of the field of informatics, but also on healthcare delivery and the creation of new models of payment and prevention.” He was a founding partner of The Permanente Medical Group and chaired its Executive Committee from 1949 to 1973. He also developed what is now known as Kaiser’s Division of Research, where he introduced the multiphasic screening exam—revolutionary then, but indispensable to clinical practice today—and leveraged emerging computer technology to

In Kaiser Permanente’s blog post published the day of Dr. Collen’s birthday, Bryan Culp provided KP website readers with some insight into the gregarious centenarian’s current activities, noting that Dr. Collen “has kept a rigorous writing schedule in his
100th year to prepare the second edition of his highly acclaimed, The History of Medical Informatics in the United States.”

ACMI’s Morris F. Collen Award winner for 2003, W. Ed Hammond, PhD, honored Dr. Collen with a few remarks at the symposium. “As one of the speakers, I shared my early experiences with Dr. Collen. Early in my career, my wife Kay and I were fortunate to sit with Morrie and his wife at an event. He spent a lot of time talking to us about informatics. I was elected as the first Treasurer of AMIA, and Dr. Collen took me under his wing and taught me about finances. Over the years, we’ve shared many experiences; he’s taught me a great deal about life and informatics.”