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NZHIT View: A great time to acknowledge clinical leadership in digital health

Tuesday, 1 September 2020  
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Regular column by Scott Arrol, NZHIT CEO

 

I feel honoured to be a judge in this year’s Clinical Informatics Leadership Award and look forward to reading the nominations as 2020 has certainly been a momentous year for digital health.

 

The award recognises the important contribution of working clinicians, and those with a clinical background, to New Zealand’s data and digital health sector.  It has a specific focus on the 2020 Clinical Informatics Position Statement. 

Released by the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network (CiLN), this document defines the value and role of clinical informaticians and brings greater recognition to the important contribution they make to the digital health eco-system. 

NZHIT has been pleased to see the development of CiLN as a way of sharing experience, knowledge and expertise across this sector. I encourage anyone with a clinical background, including those working in industry, to apply to join.

In a small country like New Zealand collaboraction and networks are so important, and it will be great to see nominations from the industry sector that NZHIT represents. Some might think that working for a digital health company precludes them from entering but this is not necessarily the case.  So, be sure to check out the award criteria and nominate if you know someone who meets the criteria. 

This year has seen the digital health sector pull together towards a common goal in a way I have never seen before, which bodes well for the future of New Zealand’s health and disability sector. There are people working across industry who are applying their clinical expertise to the products and services being developed.  I am sure they will meet the award criteria and they certainly deserve recognition.

The $5000 prize from Spark Health is also a great incentive to get nominating and I am looking forward to getting together in-person this November to find out the winner of this highly prestigious national award.

 

Read more about the award and nominate now.

 

Scott Arrol is the CEO of New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT).

 

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