The EHI Awards have been revamped for 2017 with a new category added celebrating the best Global Digital Exemplar of the year.

Organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the awards, now in their eleventh year, are dedicated to celebrating success in the UK healthcare IT industry

The four shortlisted GDE trusts are; Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Teams from the four organisations will now attend a judging day on 30 October. In total, 49 individuals and organisations have been shortlisted in ten categories of this year’s awards, which are being co-located with the EHI Live conference and exhibition also for the first time.

The judging panel is led by Professor Jonathan Wallace with other panel members including Anne Cooper, NHS Digital; Dr Harpreet Sood, NHS England; and Ben Moody, Tech UK.

The awards will be presented on the first day of EHI Live 2017, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 31 October and 1 November, with the presentation followed by a celebration drinks reception.

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.”

The global digital exemplars programme was set up by NHS England following a review of NHS IT by US expert professor Robert Wachter. Sixteen acute trusts and seven mental health trusts were announced as global digital exemplars last year, and eighteen acute trusts were named as ‘fast followers’ earlier this month.

The global digital exemplars and their fast followers will deploy the very latest IT themselves and develop a blueprint for further trusts to follow.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s fast follower, and entered the awards for its work on a cardiology system.

Five individuals, teams or projects have been shortlisted in each category. EHI Live is the UK’s leading event for healthcare IT, and will celebrate its tenth edition by incorporating the awards for the first time, to help celebrate success in the industry.

The conference is organised around nine streams, including roundtable events for CCIOs and CIOs, a renewed focus on mental health, primary care and population health management.

The exhibition will feature more than 150 companies, showcasing leading products and ideas that are shaping the future of the healthcare industry.


CCIO of the Year       

Dr Afzal Chaudhry – Renal consultant, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr James Reed – Consultant forensic psychiatrist, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust

Dr Brendan O’Brien – Consultant clinical informatics specialist, Health and Social Care Board (NI)

Joe McDonald – Director, Great North Care Record

Rowan Pritchard-Jones – Consultant plastic surgeon, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

CIO of the Year         

Darren McKenna – Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

David Walliker – Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Luke Readman – East London Health and Care Partnership

Martin Egan – NHS Lothian

Vikki Lewis – Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Healthcare Industry Leader – People’s Choice Award

Dr Claire Royston – medical director, Four Seasons Health Care

Dr John Steyn – GP, NHS Lothian

Kim Ryan – Staff midwife, National Maternity Hospital

Dr Russell Jones – Chorleywood Health Centre / Department of Computer Science, Brunel University

Sarah Judge – EPR AHP Lead & Physiotherapist, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Best Global Digital Exemplar       

Becoming a global digital exemplar with eHospital digital transformation – Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Digital Liverpool – Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Oxford GDE – Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust drives up standards with McKesson Cardiology – Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions (Change Healthcare)

Trust / Board of the Year       

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, CW+ Chelsea and Westminster NHS Health Charity, Digital Health.London Accelerator

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Best System or Initiative Adoption / Roll-out        

Emergency Care Data Set – Royal College of Emergency Medicine / NHS Digital

E-Sepsis – Royal Liverpool University Hospital

PPM+ EHR solution – Aire Logic and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Online Primary Care – eConsult

Right First Time at Point of Care – Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Best Mental Health Initiative           

Reducing harm and empowering patients using a unique digital family intervention experience for patients with psychosis and schizophrenia – Healios

Innovative presentation of data to improve service user safety, reduce serious incidents and inform clinical caseload management – NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC

Online therapy – Headsted

Technology integrated healthcare management – Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Technology transformation at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – BigHand

Best Nursing Technology   

CareClox – University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Comprehensive nursing digital record rollout – Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust

EPR nursing documentation implementation – University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Opening the GATE (Generic Assessment Tool and Evaluation) for collaborative working – Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Liverpool City Council and Informatics Merseyside

V-Care – The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Best App for Clinicians        

BMJ Best Practice App – BMJ Best Practice in partnership with Box UK

DonorPath – NHS Blood and Transplant and Apadmi

Improving quality inspections through technology – North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Perfect Ward

Morse: data on the move – NHS Western Isles and Cambric Systems

Vision Anywhere – Vision

Best App for Patients and Carers       

Addressing NHS Demand: an avatar-based virtual nurse to facilitate self-assessment, self-care advice and signposting to NHS111 and other services – Sensely UK, Advanced Computer Software Group, West Midlands Integrated Urgent Care Alliance

Baby Buddy phone app for parents and parents-to-be – Best Beginnings

Health Help Now app – NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group

Hypertension plans and management – Health Fabric and Crown Medical Practice (Alexin Healthcare CIC)

MyCareCentric epilepsy solution – Epilepsy Care Alliance