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Submissions Open For Middle East Digital Healthcare Award
(3 August 2017)
HIMSS and Elsevier recognize outstanding achievements in health IT


HIMSS Middle East, organizer of UAE eHealth Week and thought leader in health IT, in collaboration with Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of science and health information, announced the call for submissions for the third HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award in the Middle East. This award, given annually across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe, recognizes outstanding achievements and innovations in health IT that advance patient care and safety.  

The deadline for submissions in the Middle East is Thursday, 14 September 2017, and the winner will be announced during HIMSS Middle East UAE eHealth Week 2017. Nominees can submit their entries to two award categories; Outstanding ICT Achievement and Outstanding ICT Innovation. The judges for this year will include figures from HIMMS and Elsevier, as well as healthcare leaders from the Ministry of Defense in KSA and the Ministry of Health in Kuwait.

“Last year, the Middle East edition of the HIMSS-Elsevier Award received 25 submissions compared to 11 in 2015. We are extremely delighted in the increased awareness and participation in this global platform. More facilities are now setting these extraordinary benchmarks in improving care delivery using information technology. Through the HIMSS-Elsevier Award partnership, we have seen the excellent work of over 130 projects. These projects have resulted in cost savings of more than US$12 million and have improved clinical outcomes all over the world,” said Jeremy Bonfini, Executive Vice President, HIMSS International.

Tim Hawkins, Managing Director of Elsevier Clinical Solutions, (EMEALA), says, “As a leader in health informatics, at Elsevier we believe in the potential of technology to support healthcare providers to improve the delivery of healthcare and so, in turn, patient outcomes. We’re delighted to partner with HIMSS to recognise and share innovative that drives real benefit.”

Judges for this year’s Award are:

John Daniels, Global Vice President, HIMSS Analytics
Tim Morris, Product & Partnership Director (EMEALAAP), Elsevier
Dr. Khalid Alodhaibi, Corporate Chief Information Officer, Medical Services Department, Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Cherie Pardue, Chief Information Officer, American Hospital Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Emad AlShawaf, Consultant in Anesthesia and Critical Care, Chest Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait
Dr. Ryan Banez, Medical Informatics Lead, Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc., Philippines

Last year, the award program witnessed strong participation with 25 submissions in total, with entries from healthcare organizations across the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Egypt.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a two-time HIMSS-Elsevier award winner, clinched the “Outstanding ICT Innovation” award, while SAAD Specialist Hospital emerged winner in the “Outstanding ICT Achievement” category. Their projects were recognized during the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Celebration held at the HIMSS Middle East UAE eHealth Week 2016.

Since its launch, the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award has attracted 139 submissions from 81 organizations across 21 countries. In total, the submitted projects have impacted over 41 million patients worldwide.

Submit your case study here or email HIMSS to enquire.

Deadline for submissions is Thursday, 14 September 2017. Winners will be recognized during the plenary session on 12 November, first day of the HIMSS UAE eHealth Week 2017 in Dubai.


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