Intelligent-Health-AssocitionLogo_Andrew_banner_larger-tagline-01Intelligent Healthcare Association Announces 2017 Award Recipients


 Industry Awards Recognize Leaders in Advanced Healthcare Technology Solutions


NEW YORK, February 13, 2017 — The Intelligent Health Association (IHA) announced today the recipients of the IHA 2017 Awards, both special recognition and competitive. Each year IHA recognizes an individual or institution that has demonstrated leadership in the digital health community. In 2017, the IHA Special Recognition Award recipient is Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer for NantHealth, which offers a systems-based approach to personalized healthcare integrating novel diagnostics with large-scale, biometric and phenotypic data to track patient outcomes and deliver precision medicine. Dr. Soon-Shiong will receive his award Monday February 20 at 11:20am at the IHA Pavilion, HIMSS17, Orlando, FL.

This year, IHA offered two competitive awards. The third award, the GRAND Award, is chosen from these two awardees.

  • The 2017 IHA Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery award is being presented to Hamilton Health Sciences for reducing in­hospital cardiac and respiratory arrests using a novel mobile application. Hamilton Health Sciences is one of Canada’s top five research hospitals and is currently conducting research in over 1,500 centers across 86 countries. With the help of the ThoughtWire service team, they were able to pilot a working solution that was up and running in eight weeks. The results: Critical Care Response Team consults decreased 17 percent; CPR with Code Blue calls were reduced by six percentage points.
  • The 2017 Innovative Healthcare Award is being presented to Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, VA), specifically their Sentara Princess Anne Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), for eliminating alarm fatigue and giving staff critical and timely tools in addressing patients’ needs. The wireless solution is a highly-coordinated effort among staff and vendors including the Vocera Engage alarm management and clinical communication solution incorporated with a Real Time Location System (RTLS), telecommunications, and patient monitors. The result was a 54 percent reduction in duplicative patient monitoring alarms, a 94 percent increase in staff satisfaction as it relates to alarm management, and overall improved quality of care for patients. Pioneers at heart, Sentara Healthcare gained worldwide recognition when America’s first in-vitro baby was born at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.


The judges elected to recognize two nominations with Honorable Mentions.

  • Pensacola Beach, Fla-based Green Circle Health impressed judges with its breadth of scope and clarity of purpose that will have a huge impact on consumer health and wellness in the coming years. Green Circle Health’s GCH Platform allows users to store and track health data from hospitals and clinics as well as from their at-home devices. Revolutionizing how consumers use their health care data, Green Circle Health allows users to improve the treatment of chronic diseases and conditions which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems.
  • The Center for Music Therapy, Inc., based in Austin (TX), intrigued and beguiled the judges with its Movement Tracks Project. To address the leading movement disorder in the US with fall-safety concerns (Parkinson’s Disease), the Center interfaces algorithm and methodologies to further develop sensory optimization strategies for pervasive use in smart, integrated, stationary and wearable biometric systems and devices for gait improvement.

Award recipients have been invited to participate in the Intelligent Health Association Awards ceremony at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The event is being held February 20, 2017, at 5:30pm at the Intelligent Health Pavilion’s Leadership Theater. (Booth 8361)

The judges for the competitive awards are as follows: Georgia Tech associate vice president for research, faculty interaction, Gisele Bennett; President and CEO of Asset Insights Sylvanus Bent; Virginia-based cybersecurity consultant Deborah Cooper; University of California-San Francisco professor Donna Hudson; University of Wisconsin distinguished researcher Alfonso Gutierrez; and consultant and retired Lucent Technologies manager, John Walz.

The IHA annual awards identify and recognize the most compelling healthcare projects incorporating wireless technologies resulting in sustainable impact on the patient experience, safety and healthcare facility operations. Additionally, the IHA awards are intended to educate the healthcare delivery industry. For more information, please visit


About the Intelligent Health Association

The Intelligent Health Association (IHA) is a not-for-profit, global organization founded to elevate awareness and to educate the life sciences community on the adoption of new technologies. Educationally focused, IHA is a vendor-neutral, technology and frequency agnostic association dedicated to promoting the use and adoption of auto-ID, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless technologies in the healthcare, assisted and independent living and nursing home industries. For more information, please visit:

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