Call for submissions open for the fifth HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards in the Middle East

Riyadh, July 16, 2019

HIMSS Middle East and Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, are proud to announce the call for submissions for the 5th Annual Middle East HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2019.

“With the launch of the fifth HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards, we are extremely honored to continue our ongoing partnership with HIMSS across the Middle East region. Our work is deeply rooted in recognizing and nurturing creative ideas to help reimagine the future of healthcare information technology. As part of this, we are excited to showcase the latest breakthrough innovations demonstrating digital solutions that positively impact patient outcomes and delivery of care,” said Tim Hawkins, Managing Director for Clinical Solutions in EMEALAAP, Elsevier.

The two categories for submission are:

  • Outstanding ICT Achievement – focuses on harnessing information and technology to successfully advance patient care and safety.
  • Outstanding ICT Innovation – focuses on creatively leveraging existing technology or developing ground-breaking new solutions to enhance ICT adoption, patient care and outcomes.

This year’s Award program will build on last year’s success, where 18 submissions were received from Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Since 2013, the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award has attracted 218 submissions from 120 organizations across 30 countries, impacting over 41 million patients worldwide. The Awards launched in the Middle East in 2015.

Sean Roberts, Vice President for EMEA at HIMSS said: “The HIMSS Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards exemplify the best achievements in this ever-growing field of healthcare technology and show how innovation has proven to have a positive effect on the industry. We are witnessing the rapid adoption of digital technology by healthcare institutions in the Middle Eastern region, to increase efficiencies and improve patient care. This year, we look forward to receiving case submissions which prove and exemplify how smart and innovative deployment of the right technology can make a difference in healthcare environments and patient outcomes”.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges who specialize in the excellent use of digital solutions in health. This year’s judges are:

  • Dr. Amr Jamal - Chairman and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics
  • Dr. Jumah Alanazi - Deputy Chief Executive Officer for organizational Excellence, development and Quality, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University Hospital
  • Dr. Osama ElHassan - Vice-Chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society and Head of eHealth at Dubai Health Authority
  • Robert Nieves - Vice President of Healthcare Informatics, Elsevier
  • Dr. Abdullah Hamood Khalifa Al Raqadi - CIO, MoH, Oman
  • John Daniels - Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics

Submit your case study here:

Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2019.

Winners will be recognized during the HIMSS Saudi Arabia Conference and Exhibition, from November 3 to 7, 2019 in Riyadh, KSA.


HIMSS is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through information and technology. As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology. Through our innovation companies, HIMSS delivers key insights, education and engaging events to healthcare providers, governments and market suppliers, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision. As an association, HIMSS encompasses more than 72,000 individual members and 630 corporate members. We partner with hundreds of providers, academic institutions and health services organizations on strategic initiatives that leverage innovative information and technology. Together, we work to improve health, access and the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS serves the global health information and technology communities with focused operations across North America, Europe, United Kingdom, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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