23 case studies from eight countries in APAC were celebrated for improving healthcare delivery outcomes at the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards 2016
India August 24, 2016: Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s leading integrated healthcare service provider, was today awarded the HIMSS - Elsevier Outstanding ICT Innovation Award for Asia Pacific as part of the HIMSS Asia Pacific 2016 Conference and Exhibition, held in Bangkok. A global platform to recognize outstanding achievements and innovations in the use of health information and technology to advance patient care and safety, the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards was established in 2013 and is now held annually across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.
Apollo Hospitals’ winning submission also proved that the innovative and effective use of technology does not require huge financial outlays or long implementation downtimes. The hospital’s development of a digital dietary module to automate their nutrition care process for patients resulted in higher productivity and cost savings. The total downtime was two hours on a weekend and the project only required a small investment.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals mentioned that Apollo Hospitals is happy to be conferred with the award. She added that, “Recognition is a great motivator and receiving the HIMSS-Elsevier Outstanding ICT Innovation Award for Asia Pacific 2016 is a shot in the arm in our journey of digital transformation. At Apollo Hospitals, our ethos has been to combine the best of information and medical technologies to deliver best in class solutions architected to be patient centric, user friendly and transform work processes. We are firmly committed to democratizing access to healthcare and this motto keeps Apollo Hospitals at the forefront of innovation. Furthermore, I laud the efforts of institutional partners such as HIMSS Elsevier who help hasten our pace of innovation and guide us in effective adoptions of new technologies”.
Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS, said, “The HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards aims to showcase present technologies and innovations that are proven and are really in use. This platform should get people thinking about how to adopt these projects, what are some key examples out there for them to emulate in order to solve specific issues such as chronic patient cases, telehealth challenges, ageing and so on. We are glad that year after year, these submissions lead the way in innovative breakthroughs to improve care delivery through technologies.”
Michelle Troseth, RN, Chief Professional Practice Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions added, “These case studies show that with the right team and the right technologies, real improvements to patient care and safety can be made. Better patient engagement, reduced waiting time and hospital stay lengths, greater accuracy with medication prescription, diagnosis and evidence-based care are benefits that are being realized right now across APAC. Elsevier is proud to be a part of this progressive healthcare landscape through our solutions as well as through this platform of celebration and recognition.”
The applicants were judged by a panel of five judges: John Daniels, Global Vice President, Healthcare Advisory Services Group, HIMSS Analytics, USA; Michelle Troseth, RN, Chief Professional Practice Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions, USA; Dr. Mubbashir Iftikhar, Digital Transformation Incharge, KPJ Healthcare Bhd, Malaysia; Dr. Polawat Witoolkollachit, Director of Information Technology and Communication, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand and Dr. Monica Trujillo, Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency.
About Apollo Hospitals
It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital - Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program having conducted over 1,500 solid organ transplants in 2014-15 alone.
Now, as Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 9,554 beds across 69 Hospitals, 2,326 Pharmacies, over 172 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 148 plus Telemedicine Centres and 80 plus Apollo Munich Insurance branches panning the length and breadth of the country. As an integrated healthcare service provider with health insurance services, projects consultancy services, medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global clinical trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research, Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Centre across Asia, Africa and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual.
In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo's contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 28 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.
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