Digital Health Canada Award Categories

Digital Health Executive of the Year

Purpose: Recognizes up to three individual Executives (representing Director level and up) whose outstanding contributions as a leader, have helped advance Digital Health or Virtual Health in Canada

Eligibility: This award is open to any executive in the digital health community in Canada working in either the public or private sector. This award is open to members and non-members of Digital Health Canada. NOTE: Current members of the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors and Awards Adjudication Committee are ineligible for this award.

Digital Health Leader of the Year

Purpose: Recognizes up to three individual leaders (non-executive leader within their department or organization), whose outstanding ongoing contribution, have helped advance Digital Health or Virtual Health in Canada.

Eligibility: This award is open to any leader (non-executive, non-emerging professional) in the digital health community in Canada working in either the public or private sector. This award is open to members and non-members of Digital Health Canada. NOTE: Current members of the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors and Awards Adjudication Committee are ineligible for this award.

Clinical Innovator of the Year

Purpose: Recognizes up to three individual clinical innovators, who have shown outstanding leadership in Canada in advancing the use of Digital Health or Virtual Health in clinical practice resulting in improved provider and patient experiences and outcomes.

Eligibility: This award is open to any practicing clinician leaders at local, regional and/or national levels in the digital health community in Canada working in either the public or private sector. This award is open to members and non-members of Digital Health Canada.

The nominee’s clinical, digital health/virtual health colleagues have recognized him/her as a champion for advancing the adoption and benefits such as those of EHRs, EMRs, EPR’ and other such records; The nominee has served as a role model, champion and leader in encouraging design, implementation and use of digital health/virtual health to improve knowledge based practice and the quality of patient care; and/or The nominee provides demonstrated leadership in encouraging the appropriate use of digital health/virtual health in practice and the management of patient/client/resident care/education and improved health outcomes.

Community Care Leader of the Year

Purpose: Recognizes up to three individual Community Care Leaders who have shown outstanding leadership in Canada in advancing the use of Digital Health or Virtual Health resulting in improved provider and patient experiences and outcomes.

Eligibility: This award is open to any community care leaders working at local, regional and/or national levels in the digital health community in Canada working in either the public or private sector. This award is open to members and non-members of Digital Health Canada.

The nominee’s colleagues have recognized him/her as a champion for advancing digital health/virtual health in the community; The nominee has served as a role model, champion and leader in encouraging digital health/virtual health to improve knowledge-based practice and the quality of patient care; and/or the nominee provides demonstrated leadership in encouraging the appropriate use of digital health/virtual health to improve health outcomes.

Emerging Leader of the Year

Purpose: Recognizes up to three individual emerging leaders who are in the first seven years of their Digital Health or Virtual Health career and have clearly demonstrated leadership and achieved early success.

Eligibility: This award is open to any emerging professional in the digital health/virtual health community in Canada working in either the public or private sector. It is applicable to those individuals who are in the first seven years of their Digital Health or Virtual Health career and has not held a leadership (director level and above) position in another industry. This award is open to members and non-members of Digital Health Canada.

Start-up Innovator of the Year

Purpose: Recognizes up to three Start-Up Innovators who have clearly demonstrated leadership and innovation and whose outstanding contribution has advanced Digital Health or Virtual Health in Canada.

Eligibility: This award is open to any start-up innovator in the digital health or virtual health community in Canada. It is applicable to professionals working in a start-up that is innovative and in the early stages of developing a business model that has the potential to scale rapidly. Start-up innovators are working to validate product-market fit, establish a business model to support scalability and profitability, and are looking to grow rapidly in Canada and internationally. This award is open to members and non-members of Digital Health Canada.

Steven Huesing Scholarship

The Steven Huesing Scholarship honours the contributions our founding president made to the industry.

The scholarship was established in 1999 to reflect the spirit, dedication and innovation that our founding president brought to the field of health informatics (HI). The scholarship consists of a cash honorarium of $1,000; a one-year Digital Health Canada Student Membership; and a student registration for the next e-Health Conference and Tradeshow.

Eligibility: Scholarship applications are accepted from any student currently enrolled in a Health Informatics or related program at an accredited post-secondary institution. The applicant should be of sound academic standing, demonstrate active involvement and achievement in HI, and 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: transcript of marks; assessment by an academic advisor; proof of enrolment in and current attendance at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in a HI or related program; and description of the applicant’s involvement and achievements in health informatics (written submission of 500 words).