The Canadian Health Informatics Awards 2017

The Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) pay tribute to excellence, leadership and innovation in health informatics (HI).

An impartial Adjudication Committee, comprised of leaders in the HI profession, evaluates CHIA nominations/applications and chooses the recipient(s) for all awards and the Steven Huesing Scholarship. In the event that all submissions in a particular category are deemed to not have met the criteria, the Adjudication Committee may choose not to give out the award. All information provided to COACH/ITAC Health is treated as confidential. Nominators and selected award recipients are notified in advance of the proposed awards presentation at the CHIA Gala at the e-Health Conference so they can make travel plans.

You can nominate a person, project, program or service provider for one of the CHIA Awards listed here. Download a nomination form from one of the sections below and email your recommendation to the CHIA office by 5 p.m. EST Friday, April 7, 2017. Awards will be presented at the CHIA Gala at the e-Health 2017 Conference and Tradeshow on June 5, 2017. The awards program is presented by COACH and ITAC Health.

Award categories:

This award honours a practicing clinician leader at local, regional and/or national levels in Canada who has shown outstanding leadership in advancing the use of health Information Communication Technology (ICT) and informatics or telehealth in clinical practice resulting in improved provider and patient experiences and outcomes.

2016 Award Winner: Dr. Kendall Ho, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia.

  • The nominee is a champion for advancing the adoption of EHRs, EMRs, EPRs and other such records or telehealth.
  • The nominee has served as a role model, champion and leader in encouraging design, implementation and use of ICT to improve knowledge based practice and the quality of patient care.
  • The nominee also provides demonstrated leadership in encouraging the appropriate use of ICT in practice and the management of patient/client/resident care/education and improved health outcomes.
  • Open to any practicing clinician in Canada.

Download the nomination form for the Clinician Leadership Award

This Canadian Health Informatics Award (CHIA), presented by Healthcare Information Management & Communications Canada (HIM&CC), recognizes leading for-profit healthcare ICT companies that are both committed to and passionate about health informatics (HI) and have heavily invested in contributing to the industry in Canada. This award provides client organizations and business partners the opportunity to nominate private sector companies who they feel have demonstrated a very high level of commitment to HI in the past 12 months. In particular, the nominee's support for COACH, ITAC Health and HIM&CC, the official Journal of both associations, will be heavily weighted, although other contributions will also be considered.

2016 Award Winner: Gevity Consulting Inc.

  • Nominations must be forthcoming from clients, business partners, associations, educational institutions and standards organizations. Nominations will be accepted for companies with any number of years-experience. Eligible companies will have a Canadian presence and a practice partially or entirely dedicated to health-IT.
  • Actively participates in promoting and developing Canada's healthcare ICT industry.
  • Participates and presents at industry conferences and events.
  • Supports educational initiatives and academic organizations.
  • Participates in standards and other infrastructure activities.
  • Involved in industry associations, volunteer boards, and publication.
  • Recognized by clients and peers for having a long term commitment to the industry.
  • Sponsors industry events.

The nominating organization is to assess the healthcare ICT company based on the following four criteria: visible leadership, participation in associations and institutions, sharing experience and contribution to knowledge development and measurable level of support. Please provide a detailed description highlighting at least one example of how the company excels at each of the criteria. The description is limited to 300 WORDS MAXIMUM for each of the criteria.

  • Criteria 1: Visible Leadership - Provides visible leadership through the implementation of Canadian-adopted standards and in participating on panel discussions, speaking at conferences and events, participating in conference program committees, chairing health information standards committees, sponsoring events and exhibiting at conferences.
  • Criteria 2: Participation in Associations & Institutions - Participates in associations, volunteer boards, academic institutions, health information standards committees, and healthcare institutions such as hospital, agencies or Community Boards.
  • Criteria 3: Shares Experience & Knowledge Development - Routinely shares experience and contributes to national knowledge development by publishing and/or advertising in journal and magazines, and contributing to the development of health information standards.

Download the nomination form for the Corporate Citizenship Award

This award recognizes individuals who are in the first five years of their HI or telehealth career and have clearly demonstrated leadership and achieved early success in HI or telehealth.

2016 Award Winner: Lauren Bell, Team Lead, eHealth Strategy and Investment Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

  • Supervisors and peers have recognized the nominee for demonstrating leadership and/or innovation in their work. Please provide examples of the type of leadership (e.g., team leadership, thought leadership, etc.) that the nominee has demonstrated and how his/her leadership or innovation has helped improve health outcomes and/or achieve health system efficiencies.
  • The nominee actively participates in promoting and developing the field of HI or telehealth. Please provide examples of how the nominee has contributed to the HI industry through activities such as, but not limited to, presenting at conferences, participating on industry association committees or volunteer boards, publishing articles, mentoring and involvement with academic organizations.
  • The nominee has demonstrated her/his commitment to continuously improving his/her professional development. Please provide examples of professional development activities the nominee has undertaken.
  • Open to any anyone in the HI community in Canada who has less than five years of HI work experience and has not held a leadership (director level and above) position in another industry.

Download the nomination form for the Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award

This award recognizes a program, project or service provider for significant contribution to telehealth in Canada.

2016 Award Winner: 2016 Award Winner: British Columbia First Nations Telehealth Expansion Project

  • Serves as a forum for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information related to telehealth.
  • Interfaces with other organizations, institutions, governments, governmental organization, individuals, societies and corporations involved or concerned with the development and implementation of telehealth activities, healthcare and healthcare services and encourages cooperation.
  • Assists in the education of individuals, organizations, corporations and societies with respect to telehealth.
  • Promotes and encourages the use of telecommunications and related technologies in the delivery of primary care and continuing education.
  • Promotes the use of telehealth in order to improve the healthcare delivery system, to assist in the improvement of access to healthcare delivery and to benefit the participants in healthcare system.
  • Encourages telehealth research.
  • Actively promotes the advancement of telehealth, including but not limited to, telehealth technologies and their application for the benefit of their clients.
  • Is a model of the integration of telehealth into the organization's delivery of services or encourages and demonstrates an ability to integrate telehealth services into the Electronic Health Record.
  • Recipients of these awards are restricted to telehealth programs, projects or service providers operating in Canada who have developed or leverage telehealth technology to provide clinical, educational or administrative support to the health care sector.
  • No individuals or for-profit corporations quality for these awards.
  • The submission demonstrates successful adoption of their solution within the health care system and shows sustained growth over the period since implementation. The application should include concrete utilization metrics or examples of adoption.

Download the nomination form for the Excellence in Canadian Telehealth

This award recognizes a project team that has, through innovation and commitment, implemented an information technology (IT) project that has been successfully integrated or adopted into the health system at the community or regional level. Any new and innovative project in the Health Informatics (HI) or Telehealth community in Canada is eligible for this award.

2016 Award Winner: 2016 Award Winner: Jodi Glassford, Director, Closed Loop Referral Management, Access Improvement, Alberta Health Services Project. eReferral Vendor: Orion Health

  • The innovative approach by a project team must have been applied to a project that has been successfully implemented.
  • The innovative initiative has had a demonstrably positive impact on health delivery or outcomes (ie: improving access to care, quality of care, privacy/security, eSafety, productivity or the patient experience.) NOTE: Please submit Metrics and Quantifying Information for the project as part of the nomination.
  • The innovative approach has the ability to be replicated in other parts of the health system.
  • The project can demonstrate successful adoption of their solution within the health care system and show sustained growth/ adoption over the period since implementation. The application should include concrete utilization metrics.
  • This award is open to any project team that has implemented a new, innovative project in the last three years in the HI community in Canada.

Download the nomination form for the Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics Award

This award recognizes an individual's outstanding ongoing contributions as a thought leader, both nationally and internationally, to advance Canadian health informatics (HI) or Canadian telehealth.

2016 Award Winner: 2016 Award Winner: Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, PhD, Director of Health Informatics & Professor of Computer Science and Medicine, Dalhousie University

  • The nominee's efforts have made a significant contribution to move the Canadian HI/telehealth agenda forward.
  • The nominee's leadership is recognized within his/her jurisdiction or more broadly, often at the national level.
  • This nominee's contribution are the result of his/her dedication and promotion of activities.
  • The nominee's leadership has made a significant contribution to or strongly influenced health outcomes or health system improvements.
  • Open to anyone in the HI or telehealth community in Canada. NOTE: Past Leadership in the Field of HI Award winners and current members of the COACH Board of Directors and Awards Adjudication Committee are ineligible for this award.

Download the nomination form for the Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics Award

This Canadian Health Informatics Award (CHIA) recognizes a for-profit healthcare ICT Company and client team that has successfully implemented a health IT solution at a healthcare organization. This award honours the private and public sector team effort. The successful project team will demonstrate the achievement of stated objectives and provide a success story from which other organizations can learn. The award receipt will have fully implemented a health IT solution within the past 12 months.

2016 Award Winners: Good Samaritan Society - Corporate Office (Edmonton), MEDITECH and Healthtech Consultants Financial System Implementation Project

  • Delivered on time and within budget
  • Worked effectively together to implement solution
  • Demonstrated successful knowledge transfer
  • Demonstrated innovation
  • Achieved project objectives
  • Leveraged industry best practices
  • Resulted in substantial adoption and utilization of a health IT solution

The nominating organization is to assess the healthcare ICT company based on the following three criteria; teamwork, project objectives and outcomes/results. A short specific description and/or example are to be provided for each sub-criteria statement. There is an area, after each criteria category, to provide highlighted overall details on how this project team has excelled in each category; this description is limited to 300 WORDS MAXIMUM.

  • Criteria 1: Teamwork/Collaboration. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following: Excellence in communications, including but not limited to: a) Used an appropriate communication vehicle; b) Communicated in a timely manner; c) Communication was transparent. Excellence in team effort, including but not limited to: a) Team members motivated each other; b) All members worked effectively together in the group; c) Every member of the group contributed to ideas, solutions, deliverables. Excellence in issues management, including but not limited to: a) Established an effective process to identify and track issues; b) Evaluated issues and assigned priority to urgent issues; c) Escalated appropriate issues; d) Worked effectively with client organization to address issues; e) Evaluated results once issues addressed. Excellence in knowledge transfer, including but not limited to: a) All knowledge transferred in an non-complex manner (from healthcare ICT company to client organization and from client organization to healthcare ICT company); b) Consisted of successful collaboration between both parties.
    • Criteria 2: Project Objectives. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following (SPECIFIC STATEMENTS ARE REQUIRED): On time, within budget, including but not limited to: a) All objectives were met on time and within budget; b) Quality results and high standards were achieved on time and within budget. Delivered what was proposed, including but not limited to: a) Delivered all objectives outlined in contract; b) Delivered quality work and high standards. Excellent change management methodology that includes the people, the process, and the technology. Excellent project management methodology, including but not limited to: a) Demonstrated project management rigour; b)Successfully managed projects, including processes, procedures, techniques, best practices, and templates. Leverage of best practices to achieve objectives, including but not limited to: a) Researched what others have done in similar engagements; b) Applied best practices in other jurisdictions.
    • Criteria 3: Outcomes/Results. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following (SPECIFIC QUANTIFIABLE & QUALIFIABLE OUTCOMES): Achieved stated objectives. Gained end user support and adoption, including but not limited to: a) End users supported and promoted the change to colleagues throughout the organization; b) High adoption rate by end users of the system or the change that took place.
    • Nominations will be accepted from client organizations and healthcare ICT companies.
    • Nominations will be accepted for healthcare organizations and companies that have experience with health IT application development and implementation. Eligible private sector companies will have a Canadian presence and a practice entirely or partially dedicated to health IT.

    • Download the nomination form for the Project Team: Implementation Award

    This award) recognizes a for-profit healthcare ICT company and client team (private and public sector) that has successfully implemented a new, innovative health-IT solution at a healthcare organization. The successful project team will demonstrate the achievement of stated objectives and provide a success story from which other organizations can learn. The award receipt will have fully implemented a health-IT solution within the past 12 months.

    2016 Award Winners: First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, Canadian Institute for Health Information, First Nations Alberta Technical Services Advisory Group, interRAI and Momentum Healthware Care Planning Tools Changing Practice Among Alberta First Nations Communities Project

    • Design and delivery of an innovative health information technology solution
    • Worked effectively together to implement an innovative solution
    • Demonstrated successful knowledge transfer
    • Demonstrated innovation
    • Achieved project objectives
    • Leveraged industry best practices
    • Resulted in adoption and utilization of the health-IT solution
    • The nominating organization is to assess the healthcare ICT company based on the following criteria; innovation teamwork, project objectives, and outcomes/results. A short specific description and/or example are to be provided for each sub-criteria statement. There is an area, after each criteria category, to provide highlighted overall details on how this project team has excelled in each category; this description is limited to 300 WORDS MAXIMUM.

      • Criteria 1: Innovation. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following: Proof of new innovation, including but not limited to: a) Description of how the technology solution works ; b) Indication of why the solution is new and innovate, and how it relates to (i.e. extends or goes beyond) previous technological solutions ; c) Reference to previous work (published or unpublished), trade magazine designs/articles, patents etc. to clearly prove claim for innovative nature of solution.
      • Criteria 2: Teamwork/Collaboration. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following: Excellence in communications, including but not limited to: a) Used an appropriate communication vehicle ; b) Communicated in a timely manner; c) Communication was transparent. Excellence in team effort, including but not limited to: a) Team members motivated each other; b) All members worked effectively together in the group; c) Every member of the group contributed to ideas, solutions, deliverables. Excellence in issues management, including but not limited to: a) Established an effective process to identify and track issues; b) Evaluated issues and assigned priority to urgent issues; c) Escalated appropriate issues; d) Evaluated results once issues addressed. Excellence in knowledge transfer, including but not limited to: a) All knowledge transferred in an non-complex manner (from healthcare ICT company to client organization and from client organization to healthcare ICT company); b) Consisted of successful collaboration between both parties.
      • Criteria 3: Project Objectives. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following (SPECIFIC STATEMENTS ARE REQUIRED): On time, within budget, including but not limited to: a) All objectives were met on time and within budget; b) Quality results and high standards were achieved on time and within budget. Delivered what was proposed, including but not limited to: a) Delivered all objectives that MET OR EXCEEDED those outlined in contract b) Delivered quality work and high standards. Excellent change management methodology that Includes the people, the process, and the technology. Excellent project management methodology, including but not limited to: a) Demonstrated project management rigour b) Successfully managed projects, including processes, procedures, techniques, best practices, and templates. Leverage of best practices to achieve objectives, including but not limited to: a) Researched what others have done in similar engagements; b) Applied best practices in other jurisdictions.
      • Criteria 4: Outcomes/Results. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following (SPECIFIC QUANTIFIABLE &QUALIFIABLE OUTCOMES): Achieved stated objectives. Gained end user support and adoption, including but not limited to: a) End users supported and promoted the change to colleagues throughout the organization; b) High adoption rate by end users of the system or the change that took place.
      • Nominations will be accepted from client organizations and healthcare ICT companies.
      • Nominations will be accepted for healthcare organizations and companies that have experience with health IT application development and implementation. Eligible private sector companies will have a Canadian presence and a practice entirely or partially dedicated to health IT.

      Download the nomination form for the Project Team: Innovation and Care Delivery

      This award recognizes a for-profit healthcare ICT company and client team (private and public sector) that has successfully implemented a health-IT solution that has positively impacted patient care in innovative ways. The successful project team will demonstrate the achievement of stated objectives and provide a success story from which other organizations can learn. The award receipt will have fully implemented a health-IT solution within the past 12 months.

      • Innovative delivery of health information technology to support patient care
      • Resulted in objectively demonstrable outcome of substantial improvements in patient care
      • Delivered on time and within budget
      • Worked effectively together to implement solution
      • Demonstrated successful knowledge transfer
      • Demonstrated innovation in successful delivery of patient care
      • Achieved project objectives
      • Leveraged industry best practices
      • Resulted in substantial adoption and utilization of a health-IT solution

      The nominating organization is to assess the healthcare ICT company based on the following criteria; innovation teamwork, project objectives, and outcomes/results. A short specific description and/or example are to be provided for each sub-criteria statement. There is an area, after each criteria category, to provide highlighted overall details on how this project team has excelled in each category; this description is limited to 300 WORDS MAXIMUM.

      • Criteria 1: Innovation. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following: Proof of new innovation, including but not limited to: a) Description of how the technology solution works ; b) Indication of why the solution is new and innovate, and how it relates to (i.e. extends or goes beyond) previous technological solutions ; c) Reference to previous work (published or unpublished), trade magazine designs/articles, patents etc. to clearly prove claim for innovative nature of solution.
      • Criteria 2: Teamwork/Collaboration. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following: Excellence in communications, including but not limited to: a) Used an appropriate communication vehicle ; b) Communicated in a timely manner; c) Communication was transparent. Excellence in team effort, including but not limited to: a) Team members motivated each other; b) All members worked effectively together in the group; c) Every member of the group contributed to ideas, solutions, deliverables. Excellence in issues management, including but not limited to: a) Established an effective process to identify and track issues; b) Evaluated issues and assigned priority to urgent issues; c) Escalated appropriate issues; d) Evaluated results once issues addressed. Excellence in knowledge transfer, including but not limited to: a) All knowledge transferred in an non-complex manner (from healthcare ICT company to client organization and from client organization to healthcare ICT company); b) Consisted of successful collaboration between both parties.
      • Criteria 3: Project Objectives. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following (SPECIFIC STATEMENTS ARE REQUIRED): On time, within budget, including but not limited to: a) All objectives were met on time and within budget; b) Quality results and high standards were achieved on time and within budget. Delivered what was proposed, including but not limited to: a) Delivered all objectives that MET OR EXCEEDED those outlined in contract b) Delivered quality work and high standards. Excellent change management methodology that Includes the people, the process, and the technology. Excellent project management methodology, including but not limited to: a) Demonstrated project management rigour b) Successfully managed projects, including processes, procedures, techniques, best practices, and templates. Leverage of best practices to achieve objectives, including but not limited to: a) Researched what others have done in similar engagements; b) Applied best practices in other jurisdictions.
      • Criteria 4: Outcomes/Results. The successful recipient will have demonstrated all of, but not limited to, the following (SPECIFIC QUANTIFIABLE &QUALIFIABLE OUTCOMES): Achieved stated objectives. Gained end user support and adoption, including but not limited to: a) End users supported and promoted the change to colleagues throughout the organization; b) High adoption rate by end users of the system or the change that took place.
      • Nominations will be accepted from client organizations and healthcare ICT companies.
      • Nominations will be accepted for healthcare organizations and companies that have experience with health IT application development and implementation. Eligible private sector companies will have a Canadian presence and a practice entirely or partially dedicated to health IT.

      • Download the nomination form for the Project Team: Patient Care Innovation Award

      The Steven Huesing Scholarship was established in 1999 in recognition of the contribution that the late Steven Huesing, COACH Founding President, made to the association. The scholarship was developed to reflect the spirit, dedication and innovation that the Founding President brought to the field of health informatics (HI).

      2016 Award Winner: Gurprit Randhawa, PhD Candidate in Health Informatics, University of Victoria

      The scholarship consists of:

      • A cash honorarium of $1,000
      • A one-year COACH Student Membership
      • A Student Registration for the next e-Health conference
      • The applicant should:

        • Be of sound academic standing (See Application Requirements below)
        • Demonstrate active involvement and achievement in HI
        • Show how his/her educational work has made a recognized contribution to advancing the thinking in HI

        The following must be submitted with the application:

        • A transcript of marks
        • An assessment by an academic advisor
        • Proof of enrollment in and current attendance at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in a HI or related program
        • Description of the applicant's involvement and achievements in health informatics (written submission of 500 words)
        • Scholarship applications are accepted from any student currently enrolled in a HI or related program at an accredited post-secondary institution.

        Download the nomination form for the Steven Huesing Scholarship

        You can nominate a person, project, program or service provider for one of the CHIA Awards listed here. Review the award nomination requirements and download the appropriate nomination form. Complete and email your recommendation to the CHIA office by 5 p.m. EST Friday, April 7, 2017.