HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Asia Pacific 2017 recognizes four hospitals for innovative use of technology to improve patient care

Healthcare delivery in APAC rapidly evolving as organizations embrace digital initiatives

Singapore, September 5, 2017

HIMSS Asia Pacific and Elsevier are proud to announce the winners of the fifth Asia Pacific HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2017. This highly anticipated Award recognizes outstanding achievements and innovations globally in the usage of health information technology. This year, submissions were received from eight countries for the two categories – ‘Outstanding ICT Achievement’ and ‘Outstanding ICT Innovation’. Deploying cost-effective innovations that have wide-reaching impact on patient care, particularly in countries with rural populations, is a highlight in some of the submissions.

Overall, the four winners from hospitals in China, India, Australia and Taiwan – all first-time recipients – demonstrated how their innovative use of information communication technology (ICT) has improved patient care.

“Asia Pacific is truly pushing the envelope on innovation when it comes to healthcare information and technology. Over the years, I’ve consistently seen an impressive quality of submissions that deliver real impact to their institution and patients. This year, we are seeing an increasing trend of mobile health (mHealth) and telehealth submissions, signifying an evolution in APAC’s eHealth ambition,” said Dr. Peter Edelstein, Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Solutions for Elsevier in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. “Elsevier would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees who have developed ways to drive efficiencies, and improve the quality of care. Together, we believe that the deployment of technology combined with evidence-based information can go a long way to achieve positive healthcare outcomes.”

Outstanding ICT Achievement Award Winners

The Outstanding ICT Achievement award recognizes hospitals that leverage technology to achieve substantial improvements in patient care and safety, and have addressed major challenges faced by their institution. The winners of this year’s ICT Achievement award are The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia, and Fudan University Huashan Hospital, China.

In April 2016, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne became the first Australian hospital to implement the Epic system and transit to a hospital-wide Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system in one day, and launched a comprehensive patient and family portal as part of its EMR. Apart from that, they have also achieved outstanding results by decreasing costs, reducing unwarranted health screenings, and increasing revenue.

The other winner of the ICT Achievement award, Fudan University Huashan Hospital, developed an information system for individualized dosage regimen of specific drugs, which was deployed on the hybrid cloud environment and integrated with on-premises patient data.

The category this year received a wide variety of submissions from Japan, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, and China. The projects exemplified excellent usage of technology, from data analytics to caesarean section care, infection controls and telehealth.

Outstanding ICT Innovation Award Winners

The Outstanding ICT Innovation category recognizes the most innovative and creative ICT solutions that improve patient care and safety. The nominees for this category shared excellent best practices and case studies on how creatively implemented solutions can improve processes and drive better, more effective outcomes for patients in a short period of time. The two winners this year are MacKay Memorial Hospital, Taiwan and Aravind Eye Hospital-Pondicherry, India.

MacKay Memorial Hospital in Taiwan clinched a winning spot for their submission, ‘mHealth Innovation through Practice Redesign for a Patient-Centered Medicine in Taiwan’. The aim of this project was to develop a culturally tailored patient-centered mHealth program that empowers patients to better manage their medication and health information, while facilitating collaborative patient-physician interactions.

The other winner is India’s Aravind Eye Hospital-Pondicherry, whose submission, ‘Fundus on Phone for Rural Eye Care’ demonstrated how using smartphones in healthcare can provide greater access to healthcare and lead to cost savings. With the Remidio camera, AEH-Pondicherry will be able to image at least 10,000 diabetic patients per year, many of whom live in impoverished villages. One of the key benefits of the Remidio camera is its low cost price of 0.03 USD, compared to conventional cameras (0.31 USD).

The applications were judged by a panel of five esteemed judges: John Daniels, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics; Dr. Peter Edelstein, Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Solutions for Elsevier in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia Pacific; Adj. A/Prof. Gamaliel Tan, CMIO, JurongHealth Services, Chair of the HIMSS AsiaPac17 Organizing Committee; Dr. Manish Kohli, Director of Medical Informatics, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; Governing Council Member, HIMSS Asia Pacific, and Dr. Zhaohui Lu, Chief, Hospital President’s Office & Associate Professor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, China.

“Since the launch of the Award in Asia four years ago, the HIMSS-Elsevier community has grown from seven submissions to becoming a global platform across three continents today. This successful partnership has recognized the innovations of international hospitals through projects that together have impacted more than 41 million patients worldwide to-date. Hopefully, the learnings gleaned from the winning projects can enable more organizations to implement real change themselves through the use of healthcare information technology,” said Steve Lieber, President and CEO, HIMSS.

This year, a third category was introduced to the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award – the CMO of the Year Award.  Nominations are currently under review by a judging panel. The winner will be announced at the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Dinner on 11 September.

In addition to the awards presentation, past winners have also been invited to share the impact of their innovations at the dinner event. Adj. A/Professor Gamaliel Tan, Chief Medical Informatics Officer & Head of Orthopaedics, JurongHealth Campus, National University Health System, Singapore, said, “Ng Teng Fong General Hospital was honored to receive the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Outstanding Achievement Award for Project OneCare in 2016. Our vision then and now, is to transform healthcare, empower patients and bring health to every home. Leadership was core to holding this vision and mission central for all our 3,000 staff members from procurement to implementation, go-live, and post-live optimization. At the same time, strong end-user support, training and buy-in built a solid foundation for successful transformation. We look forward to sharing our journey at this year’s HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Dinner.”

HIMSS AsiaPac17 will be held from 11 – 14 September 2017 with the main conference taking place on 12 and 13 September. Registration for the main conference is open until 12 September 2017. More information can be found at https://www.himssasiapacconference.org/ehome/199357/449116/


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About the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award
The HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award is a global platform to recognize outstanding achievements and innovations in the usage of health information and technology, to advance patient care and safety. Established in 2013, it is held annually across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.

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. www.elsevier.com

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