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Prizes announced for new Clinical Informatics Leadership Award

Wednesday, 7 August 2019  
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The winner of the inaugural Clinical Informatics Leadership Award will receive up to $5000 to attend an international conference of their choice, with the support of Spark Health.


Health Informatics NZ will also give the winner a free pass and a speaking slot at the HiNZ Conference 2020.


The Clinical Informatics Leadership Network has worked in partnership with HiNZ to launch the Clinical Informatics Leadership Award.


People can self-nominate or nominate others who have shown innovation and health system improvement through leadership in digital health in New Zealand.


Spark Health chief executive Will Reedy says the award supports the company’s vision for the health sector of ‘Tomorrow’s Health and Wellness Team = Consumers + Clinicians + Machines’.


“This award focuses on clinical leadership, which is a critical success factor when looking to transform health services,” he says.


Reedy, who also works as a doctor, adds that improving clinician/provider satisfaction is being adopted globally as part of the Quadruple Aim to measure system performance and digital health has a significant impact on this.


“Hopefully the clinician who is recognised by the award has improved clinician/provider satisfaction as part of their project, in addition to enhancing patient experience, improving population health and reducing costs,” Reedy says.


“With our support we hope the winner can get some international learnings and bring them back for the benefit of New Zealand.”


HiNZ chief executive Kim Mundell says a speaking slot at New Zealand’s largest digital health conference in 2020 is an excellent opportunity to showcase the significant contribution clinical leaders make to the success of digital health projects. 


“By raising the profile of the winner, HiNZ hopes others will be inspired to follow in their footsteps,” she says.


CiLN co-chair Karen Blake says the network appreciates Spark Health and HiNZ’s support and recognition of clinical leaders working in digital health.


“The opportunity for the winner to attend an international conference is invaluable for professional development, networking and learning about international trends in healthcare,” she says. 


Three judges, Ministry of Health deputy director data and digital Shayne Hunter, HiNZ board chair and academic rheumatologist Rebecca Grainger and HiNZ board member and chief executive of Auckland Eye Ltd Deb Boyd, will decide on three finalists, who will be profiled on


A public vote hosted on in October will decide the winner, who will be announced during Digital Health Week NZ in Hamilton from 18–22 November.


Nominations close on 19 August. 


Please refer to the award information page and an FAQ page for further information.


If you would like to provide feedback on this news story please contact the editor Rebecca McBeth.


Read more about the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network:

New award recognises clinical contribution to digital health

Workforce development crucial for future of clinical informatics

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