Industry Salutes Health Informatics Innovators and Leaders at CHIA Gala


June 14, 2016

Industry Salutes Health Informatics Innovators and Leaders at CHIA Gala

(Vancouver, BC): The Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala (CHIA) shone the light on the leaders, innovators and visionaries who are re imagining healthcare delivery in Canada to support improved patient care and health system sustainability in Vancouver June 7.

The success stories ranged from a leader who has been instrumental in building a high-quality workforce in Canadian HI and digital health, to a telehealth project that is a supporting a fully-integrated clinical virtual care network for 45 First Nations communities in British Columbia. The winners reflected the unprecedented change taking place in healthcare as new ways of accessing services, digital health technology and new funding and delivery models take hold.

2016 CHIA Winners
Clinician Leadership
Dr. Kendall Ho
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Corporate Citizenship
Gevity Consulting Inc.

Emerging Leader in Health Informatics
Lauren Bell
Team Lead, eHealth Strategy and Investment Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Excellence in Canadian Telehealth
British Columbia First Nations Telehealth Expansion Project

Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics
Jodi Glassford
Director, Closed Loop Referral  Management, Access Improvement, Alberta Health Services
Project: eReferral Vendor: Orion Health

Dr. Kathryn J. Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship
Gilliam Strudwick
PhD Candidate, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics
Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, PhD
Director of Health Informatics & Professor of Computer Science and Medicine
Dalhousie University

Project Team – Implementation Award
Good Samaritan Society – Corporate Office (Edmonton), MEDITECH and Healthtech Consultants
Financial System Implementation Project

Project Team – Innovation and Care Delivery
Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, Canadian Institute for Health Information, First Nations Alberta Technical Services Advisory Group, interRAI and Momentum Healthware
Care Planning Tools Changing Practice Among Alberta First Nations Communities Project

Steven Huesing Scholarship
Gurprit Randhawa
PhD Candidate in Health Informatics, University of Victoria

COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association and ITAC Health co-host the CHIA Gala and Awards program. An impartial Adjudication Committee, comprised of leaders in the HI profession, evaluates all nominations and scholarship applications and chooses the award recipient(s). The Gala was held as part of the e-Health 2016 Conference.


For more information, contact:

Elaine Huesing, ITAC Health, phone (780) 489-4574.
Shannon Bott, COACH, phone (647) 775-8555.