As digital disruption transforms healthcare and visionaries lead the way, a new Asia-Pacific award has been launched to recognise a chief medical officer who is driving the healthcare IT revolution.

The implementation of digital systems in healthcare has showcased the pivotal leadership role of clinicians, and the new CMO of the Year category at the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards 2017 will honour a regional trailblazer.

“It's an exciting time to serve in an executive clinical leadership role in healthcare systems and lead enterprise-wide initiatives that improve patient care and outcomes," chief medical officer of clinical solutions at Elsevier Dr Peter Edelstein said.

"With this new award category we hope to not only recognise CMOs who are making a difference in their organisation and broader professional community, but who are also moving the needle on healthcare technology innovation in the region, to the benefit of patients."

Now in its fifth year, the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards recognise outstanding achievements in the use of health information and technology to advance patient care.

Nominations for CMOs or Chief Medical Information Officers working in a healthcare institution with at least 100 beds in the Asia-Pacific region are now open.

"CMOs and CMIOs bridge the chasm between information technology and clinical practice. In doing so, these leaders help to maximise adoption rates among end users, refine standards, enhance interfaces and drive organisational transformation," president and CEO of HIMSS Stephen Lieber said.

"We look forward to celebrating the work of these individuals who are making user-friendly, flexible and future-proofed IT a reality for our clinicians and patients."

Nominations close on 4 August and will be reviewed by a panel of Asia-Pacific experts, including the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Dr Monica Trujillo.

The CMO of the Year will be announced at the HIMSS AsiaPac17 Conference in Singapore on 11 September.