EHI Awards 2016 celebrate innovation and progress of digital health

The 10th anniversary of the ehi Awards has paid tribute to an extraordinary array of talent in the NHS who are attempting to bolster efficiency and patient care with state-of-the-art IT initiatives.

The winners were announced in London last night (29th September) at the health industry’s only dedicated IT awards organised by Informa Global Exhibitions, with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust named as this year’s winner for the ‘Digital NHS Trust or Health Board of the Year’ award for it’s Roadmap to a Digital Health Enterprise project.

The full winners list is as follows:

The CCIO award for clinical informatics leadership was won by Dr Masood Nazir, GP and chief clinical information officer at NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG.

Picking up the award for Best use of IT to support integrated healthcare services was King’s Health Partners and Lambeth and Southwark NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Scooping the excellence in healthcare business analytics was the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

The Digital NHS trust or health board of the year was Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust was honoured for best use of IT to support clinical treatment and care.

In the healthcare and IT product innovation category, the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, University of Leeds; Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham; ResearchOne; TPP; SystmOne; Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, all ran out winners for their work on the development, validation and implementation of an electronic Frailty Index.

South West London Pathology and Orion Health were victorious in the best use of IT to support healthcare business efficiency and the best use of IT to promote patient safety award was handed to NHS Fife.

The excellence in mobile healthcare award was picked up by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), Ortivus AB and Quicksilva Limited.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust & Propagator Ltd grabbed the award for the best use of technology to share information with patients and carers.

The chairman of the judges was Charles Gutteridge the former national clinical director of the National Programme for IT, who for the past three years has been driving IT at Barts Health NHS Trust, working as its chief clinical information officer.

He said: “The awards are a great way of bringing people together, both judges and competitors, and enabling them to make connections. They share ideas and talk and while, obviously, there is a healthy element of competition that helps to drive change.”