The EHI Awards have added a new category this year to celebrate the best NHS Global Digital Exemplar.
Four NHS Foundation Trusts have been nominated as part of the EHI Awards which are dedicated to recognising the best of healthcare IT.
This year the awards will feature 49 individuals and organisations, shortlisted across ten categories.
The four global digital exemplars selected include Cambridge University Hospitals, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, Oxford University Hospitals, and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trusts.
Teams from the four Trusts will attend a judging day on 30 October with the awards being presented on the first day of EHI Live 2017, 31 October at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards are being co-located within the EHI Live conference and exhibition for the first time.
The global digital exemplars programme was set up by the US expert Robert Watcher after a review of NHS IT. The exemplars include 16 acute trusts and seven mental health trusts while 18 acute trusts were named as ‘fast followers’ this year.
Lead judge Jonathan Wallace, professor of Innovation at the School of Computing at Ulster University, said: “The EHI Awards 2017 are the only awards dedicated to healthcare IT. The EHI Awards have always attracted a strong set of entries reflecting the latest developments in health and care technology, and this year has been no exception.
“The judges have already enjoyed learning about some of the great projects that are going on across the UK to improve the efficiency and safety of healthcare, and to support frontline staff and patients. We now look forward to meeting the shortlisted entrants; and to seeing the winners presented with their awards at one of the highlights of this year’s EHI Live.”
Other categories in the award include: chief clinical information officer of the year, chief information officer of the year, healthcare industry leader (a people’s choice award), best trust or health board of the year, best system or initiative adoption or roll-out, best mental health initiative, best nursing technology, best app for clinicians, and best app for patients and carers.