HIMSS hosted its HIMSS Asia Pacific Awards last week, during an exclusive gala dinner event ceremony, as part of its AsiaPac18 Conference and Exhibition. 
The awards celebrate the achievements of the health information and technology community within the Asia Pacific community and recognised individuals and organisations across six categories. 
Emerging startup out of CSIRO’s Data61, Coviu, was presented with the 4th Annual Innovations Challenge Award for its innovation named PhysioROM, which focuses on total knee replacements. 
Coviu CEO Dr Silvia Pfeiffer told HITNA that the company built its innovation around total knee replacements as it has been a key issue highlighted by Health Minister Greg Hunt in recent times. 
"We researched the use case and worked with clinicians to understand how we can help. We worked hard to make an implementation that would show the range of motion visually, in an intuitive way. Part of us winning was getting the user experience right, doing a live demo, and really understanding the use case well,” she said. 
Dr Pfeiffer said the healthcare organisation is now going to take PhysioROM through clinical validation and the regulatory stages necessary. 
“We will be working with partners to make this happen. This is just the first of a large number of medical tools that we will be able to offer to clinicians with specialisations for their specific service within a video call,” she said. 
“Our goal is to work with others in the industry to bring excellent toolsets to our customers and make a real difference in telehealth."
Three EMRAM awards were handed out that evening. St Stephen’s Hervey Bay, UnitingCare Health was named for achieving EMRAM Stage 7; the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne was recognised for its O-EMRAM Stage 7 status; and Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin was honoured for reaching EMRAM Stage 6. 
Saint Stephen’s Hospital Chief Clinical Informatics Officer Patricia Liebke said reaching EMRAM Stage 7 involved a lot more adoption through engagement with end users and making the solutions meaningful to clinicians.
“The steps along the way were about having the vision and knowing why we’re doing it, and also involving the clinicians to tell us their needs so that we could optimise our solutions to meet them,” she said. 
“Moving forward, we want to continually keep adding new functionalities and keep improving our digital strategy as the technology is an enabler for us to provide better quality care.”  

RCH Chief Operating Officer Jane Miller said moving up to O-EMRAM Stage 7 was about using the EMR to improve access, reduce harm, provide better care coordination, amplify the consumer’s experience and deliver sustainable health services. 
“The EMR implementation was a clinical transformation project, not an IT project, for us,” she said. 
“But our progress doesn't end with reaching O-EMRAM Stage 7. We want to continue to push the boundaries, drive the benefits and extend our EMR functionality to deliver on our strategic vision, which is to deliver great care.”
The Best Health IT Solutions award was presented to Hyland for its solution, “ModLink". 
The Best Paper Submission Award was given to Asian Development Bank USA’s Policy Advisor and Consultant Digital Health Architect Donna Medeiros and Vietnam Ministry of Health Communicable Disease Control Division, General Department of Preventive Medicine’s Dr Tran Dai Quang. 
This award was for their paper submission, "Establishing Sustainable National Health Information Systems: Lessons from Partnerships in Vietnam”. 
In addition, Mater Health Services Director of Information Sallyanne Wissman took home the Vendor Choice: Healthcare IT Leader of the Year award and Philips nabbed the Most Popular Exhibitor Award.



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