Digital health innovators revealed as finalists in the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards

European health centers recognized for digital innovation which advances patient safety and outcomes

Barcelona, May 18, 2018

The Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, are proud to recognize the following organizations for outstanding achievement and innovation in the implementation and usage of health information and technology (ICT) via the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards:

  • The ‘Outstanding ICT Achievement Award’ celebrates teams who have harnessed information and technology to successfully advance patient care and safety.
  • The ‘Outstanding ICT Innovation Award’ focuses on those who have creatively leveraged existing technology or developed ground-breaking new solutions, to significantly enhance patient care and outcomes, and drive greater ICT adoption.

The awards will be announced at the HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 Conference on May 28, in Sitges, Spain. Four organizations have been shortlisted for the awards. The two finalists for the ‘Outstanding ICT Achievement Award’ are:

  • STEPLA – Swiping with the patient to get their own words into the digital health records system, Praktikertjänst, Sweden
  • Introduction of a Computerized Decision Support Solution – Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale (ASST) di Vimercate, Italy

The three finalists for the ‘Outstanding ICT Innovation Award’ are:

  • e-Nabız Personal Health Record System – Sağlik Bilgi Sistemleri Genel Müdürlüğü (SBSGM) & Ministry of Health Turkey, Turkey
  • Unimpeded Health Communication Center (ESIM) – Sağlik Bilgi Sistemleri Genel Müdürlüğü (SBSGM) & Ministry of Health Turkey, Turkey
  • Clinical decision support in sepsis: Impact of the implementation of an electronic order set on the management and outcomes of sepsis – Hospital Marina Salud Denia, Spain

John Rayner, Regional Director, HIMSS Analytics for Europe and Latin America, commented, “HIMSS sees tremendous value in these awards which showcase how health institutions are using advanced solutions to increase adoption of best practice and improve patient safety. It’s through such initiatives that we can both celebrate and continue to evolve what best-practice looks like in health IT.”

Commenting on the nomination process, Tim Morris, Product & Partnership Director, EMEALA/APAC, and member of the judging panel said, “We received a wide variety of entries from across Europe demonstrating solutions which are improving the delivery of care. On behalf of Elsevier and the judging panel, I’d like to thank everyone who entered this year’s award.”

The HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards are being hosted in Europe for the second time and have previously been celebrated in the Asia Pacific region for more than five years and the Middle East region for three. It reflects Elsevier’s on-going global commitment to supporting healthcare providers to continually evolve, to meet the needs of a changing population. All the shortlisted projects use robust data and insight to streamline systems and make better use of healthcare practitioner skills in order to better manage patients and improve clinical outcomes.

The winner will be announced on May 28 during an exclusive awards ceremony and gala dinner at HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 Conference in Sitges, Spain.

The gala is private and by invitation only. Please contact Katharina Renneke ( to enquire about attendance eligibility.


About the HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 Conference
HIMSS Europe and Health 2.0 are collocating the most influential digital health conference of 2018. The HIMSS Europe 18 & Health 2.0 Conference will be held on 27 – 29 May in the beautiful coastal Spanish town of Sitges, located just 25 minutes away from Barcelona. The conference will include sessions which will address the whole spectrum of the digital health ecosystem with the aim to reach key audiences in the sector: from hospital CEOs to innovative SMEs and start-ups, as well as CMOs, clinicians and nurses. Conference themes will include: digital transformation, cybersecurity, interoperability and data into knowledge.

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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