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Health Tech Awards 2019: Hear from the judges

With a fresh, unique approach to industry awards, the Health Tech Awards are open to everyone to enter and to attend through an engaging digital awards evening.

The Awards help celebrate and recognise great teams, organisations, projects, technology, partnerships and your work across health and care. There are many reasons to enter, including to win a trophy, be showcased in our newspaper sent for free across health and care, work with us on a case study or interview, to utilise a winners logo and receive a prize.

This week we published an interview with Dr Graham Evans, chief information and technology officer at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust on the benefits of entering the Health Tech Awards and of winning an Award last year. We also welcomed Ade Byrne, Director of Informatics/CIO, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust as a new judge to our panel of 12 judges. Ade has over 15 years of pursuing strategy for electronic patient records through integration and evolution and is currently overseeing a HIMSS level 7 programme.

If you are interested in joining the judges panel, it’s a fantastic experience, for information please email press@thehtn.co.uk.

Also this week we asked some of the judges of the Awards their thoughts and asked them why you should enter:

Ade Byrne, Director of Informatics/CIO, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust “Industry awards are an important part of what we do, especially for UHS as an Exemplar organisation. There is a great deal of innovation in the NHS and this needs to be celebrated and replicated. The awards are a great way of communicating success and spreading ideas.”

Shamoly Aaron, Digital Transformation Programme Manager, NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG & NHS Southend CCG “Entering awards can be time consuming and sometimes daunting if this is your first time but you should see this as an opportunity to experience something new or if you have done this sort of thing before another chance to increase your business credibility even further. Awards like this go a long way to increase business awareness, opening new opportunities, even if you don’t win it still provides access to free marketing and more importantly allows you and your team to analyse and reflect on your business even further.”

“Industry awards are important, they provide opportunity to network and promote your business further, which can lead to business opportunities and therefore an increase in your investment. I wanted to get involved as I am keen to hear and learn about the different innovative ideas in the current market place but also to support organisations through assessing their applications given I have had a number of years’ experience in the NHS as a researcher, commissioner, public health expertise and now in the digital transformation of services. I am also quite excited to network with others in the digital space.”

Ruth Norris, Head of Strategic Relations, University of Manchester “The role of the commercial ecosystem is essential in driving and sustaining health innovations: the HTN Awards provide an opportunity for the diversity and strength of industry contribution to be recognised. As Head of Strategic Relations for the department of health data programme, Connected Health Cities, I am an active champion of the triple helix collaboration model (research-industry-health) so am proud to play a part as an HTN Awards judge to highlight the advances in technology that industry is contributing to improving lives.”

Rachel Murphy, CEO, Difrent Group “I’m delighted to be involved in the judging of this years HTN Awards.  For me having individuals and teams recognised for the work they are doing for public good is absolutely essential.  Don’t be shy, get completing those applications; we are looking forward to seeing what you have all been upto!”

Dr Hussain Gandhi, Wellspring Surgery “Health technology is a growing focus of UK healthcare. Showcasing and valuing innovation is the best way to drive forward safe and effective healthcare for us all. The Health Tech Awards provide that value and opportunity to see what is new and working.”

Dr Gurkaran Samra, Clinical Informatician, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT “I am really excited to be involved in the Awards again this year and I am going to love to be part of the process, especially reading through the entries. I entered the Awards last year and they were a fantastic way to showcase our work. This year I am really happy to be involved and can’t wait to get started.”

HTN would also like to thank our sponsors CCube Solutions and Highland Marketing.

Commenting on the Awards, Vijay Magon, CEO, CCube Solutions said “We’re really pleased to be sponsoring the Health Tech Awards for the third year in a row. The Awards celebrate great technology and innovation across health and care and it’s something we’re really proud to support and be a part of. It’s such an exciting time in the industry and the Awards provide an opportunity to champion great technology, teams and people making a real difference.”

Click here to find out about information about the Awards. You have until the entry deadline on 17th June 2019 to get your entries in.