Industry Salutes Kathryn Hannah & Gevity Consulting with Top CHIA Awards

Statue(TORONTO, ON): From a leader who has transformed nursing practice at home and around the world to new tools for expediting palliative care referrals in Toronto and improving continuity of care for seniors in the Coburg, Ont. area, the stars shone brightly at the Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala (CHIA) in Toronto June 2.

Kathryn Hannah, PhD, President, HECS Inc and Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, was honoured with the leadership award, recognizing outstanding ongoing contributions as a thought leader to advance Canadian HI. Her impact over the last 30+ years is summarized in the nomination: “Dr. Hannah has laid a foundation within Canada that will carry forward future generations and lead initiatives that are changing the face of nursing documentation and practice both in Canada and internationally. She has positioned Canada as a leader in nursing informatics and her pioneering work is recognized and used internationally.”

The top vendor award went to Gevity Consulting Inc. for Corporate Citizenship. Gevity, an informatics and management consulting company based in Vancouver, was recognized for its wide-ranging contributions to the industry. This includes Canadian and national standards development, mentorship of emerging professionals and industry conference and event participation and support.

2015 CHIA Winners Clinician Leadership Dr Ilan Fischler Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric & Neuropsychiatry Program, & Medical Director, Clinical Informatics Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Corporate Citizenship Gevity Consulting Inc.

Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Sanaz Riahi Director. Professional Practice & Clinical Information Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics Hospital Report Manager OntarioMD

Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics Kathryn Hannah, PhD President, HECS Inc; Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Informatics Nursing Advisor, Canadian Nurses Association & Executive Project Lead, C-HOBIC.

Project Team – Implementation Award The Palliative Care Project Team University Health Network & Strata Health

Project Team – Innovation and Care Delivery The iCare Project Team Centre Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Cerner Canada & Deloitte

Project Team – Patient Care Innovation Award The Northumberland PATH Community Partnership Team Northumberland Hills Hospital & McKesson Canada

Steven Huesing Scholarship Amina Russell Masters of Health Informatics Student, Dalhousie University

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 2015 Conference.

For more information, contact:

Elaine Huesing, ITAC Health, phone (780) 489-4574,

Shannon Bott, COACH, phone (416) 494-9324/1-888-253-8554,