Posted November 24, 2008
Nov. 21, 2008 (TORONTO, ON): The “feelingbetternow” web resource for treating common mental health disorders, an exemplary leader in demonstrating interoperability for electronic health records (EHR) and a unique tool to aid in making the EHR a reality – these and other innovative leaders and achievements in the use of information and technology to better healthcare were honoured in front of a sold-out crowd of 380 during the fourth annual Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Nov. 19.
ITAC Health (formerly CHITTA, Health Division of ITAC) and COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association co-hosted the gala.
Company of the Year
TELUS Health Solutions, backed by Emergis
Community-Based Physician Leader/Innovator Award
(Presented by the Canadian Medical Association & Practice Solutions Ltd.)
Dr. Sam Ozersky, Senior Consultant, University Health Network Mood Disorders Clinic; CEO, Mensante Corporation
Corporate Citizenship Awards
(Sponsored by Healthcare Information Management & Communications Canada)
Multi-National Company – Agfa Healthcare
Small to Medium Enterprise – Ormed Information Systems
Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award
(Presented by Courtyard Group)
Derek Ritz, President, ecGroup Inc.
Healthcare Transformation Award
Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics Award
Bridges Project, Vancouver Island Health Authority/Canada Health Infoway
Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics
Denis Protti, Founding Director, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria; Chair, Informing Healthcare’s International Group; Chair, Health Informatics, City University, London, England
(Denis also recently received of the Canadian Health Leadership Network’s inaugural MacNaught-Taillon Leadership Award )
Project Implementation Team of the Year Award
Wait Times Information System Project Team, xwave and their client Cancer Care Ontario
Steven Huesing Scholarship
Tracey Fisher, Master of Health Informatics student, Dalhousie University
“Just about every recent report on healthcare reform in Canada has cited the application of modern technology as a key enabler to the sustainability of our treasured healthcare system,” says Dave Wattling, Founding Chair of ITAC Health.“Last night we saw numerous examples of such successful application. It is clear to me that the Canadian ICT industry is applying its extensive and proven experience from other sectors to the benefit of healthcare.”
“The gala is a great opportunity to acknowledge leaders in the health informatics field,” says Linda Miller, COACH President. “The gala also provides the opportunity to communicate and leverage best practices which will lead to improvements in patient safety, access and effectiveness of the health system. As President of COACH, I am immensely proud of all of the award recipients and nominees, as well as all the people who took the time to prepare nominations. Their combined contribution demonstrates the leadership that exists in the health informatics community all across Canada. Well done!”
Winners of the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST) awards, the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) Pinnacle Awards, the Canada Health Infoway Standards Collaborative Peer Award and the MacNaught-Taillon Leadership Award, all presented prior to the gala, were also recognized at CHIA 2008.
About ITAC Health
Representing more than 120 Canadian ICT companies that are actively involved in the health sector, ITAC Health is the healthcare division of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada. Our mandate is to provide our members with access to public and private leaders of the healthcare industry, provide access to information and collaboration opportunities, and provide a consolidated voice for the industry when interacting with local and international governments in the promotion and governance of our industry. As a consolidated, single voice, members help influence the Canadian healthcare ICT market through active participation in our standing committees and various working groups.
For more information contact:
Elaine Huesing, Executive Director, ITAC Health, (780) 489 – 4574, firstname.lastname@example.org