Science and health information analytics company, Elsevier, and HIMSS Asia Pacific have revealed the finalists of the sixth Asia Pacific HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2018. 

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements and innovations globally in the implementation and usage of health information and technology, and will be awarded in two categories: Outstanding ICT Achievement and Outstanding ICT Innovation.

Following the call for submissions this year, the awards received 22 submissions from the Asia Pacific region, across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Singapore. 

From the submissions, Australian organisations that made the finalists lists include: Metro South Health, Sydney Local Health District, and Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) for the Outstanding ICT Achievement Category. RCH was also announced as a finalist in the Outstanding ICT Innovation Category.

Here’s the full list of finalists:

Outstanding ICT Achievement Category

  • Metro South Health, Australia – Metro South Health Digital Hospital Project
  • Royal Children's Hospital, Australia – The RCH ViCTOR EMR Project
  • Sydney Local Health District, Australia – Oncology and Haematology Management Information Systems (OHMIS) Project Phase One Sydney Local Health District
  • Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University, China – To Save Faster and Better: Combine AI and Rebuilding ED Process to Improve Efficiency and Quality of Stroke Emergency Care

Outstanding ICT Innovation Category

  • Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited, India – A Multifactorial Cardiovascular Risk Prediction Tool Using Machine Learning for Indian Population
  • Aravind Eye Hospital-Pondicherry, India – Low Cost Technology Coupled with Electronic Medical Record to Tackle Needless Blindness in Rural India
  • Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, India – Overcoming the EHR Gap in the Outpatient Department without Changing Clinician Behaviour or Existing Workflows
  • Royal Children's Hospital, Australia – TeleHealth (Video) Visits Optimisation

[Read more: RCH’s big bang success story proves EMRs save lives | ‘Phenomenal achievement’: Queensland health service wins global hospital awards for digital health innovations]

Nominated in both categories, Royal Children's Hospital CEO John Stanway said the hospital’s ViCTOR EMR and TeleHealth (video) Visits Optimisation projects have resulted in numerous benefits since roll-out. 

“We have seen an increase in the rate of Medical Emergency Team (MET) calls and a 14 per cent increase in hospital admissions since the EMR implementation. This has correlated with the trend of lower in-hospital mortality,” Stanway said. 

“EMR implementation has also enabled the number of scheduled TeleHealth visits per quarter to increase 450 per cent. The TeleHealth innovation has also resulted in major service growth with great benefits for our more distant patients and their families.”

The winners will be revealed at the HIMSS-Elsevier Award dinner reception at the HIMSS AsiaPac18 Conference & Exhibition on November 5, 2018, in Brisbane.




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