The Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) pay tribute to excellence, leadership and innovation in health informatics and digital health. An impartial adjudication committee of digital health leaders evaluate CHIA nominations and choose the recipient(s) for all awards. 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. The CHIA Gala is a key part of the annual e-Health Conference and Tradeshow, Canada’s only national digital health event.
2018 CHIA Winners
- Clinician Leadership – Dr. Darren Larsen, Chief Medical Information Officer, OntarioMD
- Canadian Nurses Foundation’s Dr. Kathryn J. Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship – Amelia Chauvette, Thompson Rivers University, William Lake (BC) Campus
- Corporate Citizenship (Canadian) – Tectonic
- Corporate Citizenship (Multinational) – Orion Health
- Emerging Leader in Health Informatics – Bailey Griffin, Manager, Virtual Care Program, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV)
- Excellence in Canadian Telehealth – Lisa Saffarek, Senior Specialist, Virtual Care and Telehealth, Island Health, Vancouver Island Health Authority, for her ongoing work delivering patient-centric care for people with multiple chronic conditions in the comfort of their home.
- Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics – Greg Leake, Executive Director, Virtual Care Strategy at the BC Ministry of Health, accepted the on behalf of the BC Home Health Monitoring Initiative, a provincial virtual care program that uses remote patient monitoring technology to enable patients with chronic conditions to monitor and share their health information from home.
- Innovation and Care Delivery (Team) – Alberta’s Community Information Integration for successfully implemented a solution that has provided a complete patient record in a provincial region that is now available to all health providers in the patient’s circle of care (CII).
- Leadership in Health Informatics – John Chen, Vice-President, Finance and Support Services, CFO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences for leading the development of the first-ever “Patient Portal” in mental health, enabling patients to access their medical record, communicate with their providers, request prescription renewals, and schedule appointments.
- Patient Care Innovation (Team) – imTEEN(including WeUsThem, Dr. Stan Kutcher, The Sandbox Project and TELUS Health), an app that empowers youth to track and take care of their mental health on a daily basis.
- Project Implementation (Team) – Dovetale Project at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
- Steven Huesing Scholarship – Payal Agarwal, Innovation Fellow at Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care