This year’s EHI awards include new categories to recognise the imperative for the NHS to improve efficiency in order to fund improvements in treatment and care. The other nine categories in this year’s awards will focus on major projects, integration and interoperability, product innovation, mobile healthcare, social media, business intelligence, imaging informatics, patient safety, and clinical leadership in informatics.
The category of most interest to PiF members is the ‘Best use of social media in healthcare’. Healthcare workers have been keen to exploit the explosive growth of social media to engage the general public. For example, media such as Twitter and Facebook can be useful tools to seek out hard-to-reach groups or deliver information to support specific campaigns. But there are many other forms of social media and their functions include listening to feedback as well as giving out messages. We want to hear about the best examples of social media use in this category.
Judges will be looking for well-presented entries that ere innovative and exploit the chosen medium well, have been evaluated and shown to deliver proven benefits and which could be used elsewhere.
The awards will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including Neil Darvill, last year’s healthcare IT champion of the year. Full details of how to enter are on the dedicated awards website. The awards will be presented on Thursday, 10 October 2013 at a black-tie dinner in London.