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3rd Commonwealth Digital Health Conference and Awards

30 July 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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The Commonwealth Digital Health awards is being conducted for the third time after its successful launch at the 24th Triennial Conference of the Commonwealth Medical Association in 2016, and for the second time during the 2nd Commonwealth Digital Health Conference in 2017. A panel of internationally recognized experts will adjudicate this year’s awards.

The two best submissions for each thematic area will receive the ‘Commonwealth Digital Health Awards’ for that thematic area at the Commonwealth Digital Health Awards Night. Submissions may consist of Health Information Systems, Digital Health Resources, EHRs/PHRs, Mobile Apps, Personal Digital Health Devices/ Wearables, Connected Digital Health Solutions, Games for Health, and any other type of digital interventions aimed at improving health and well-being.

In addition to being selected for the Commonwealth Digital Health Awards, submissions to the Digital Health Awards will also stand a chance to receive support from the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) in terms of further development, implementation, scaling-up, etc. The decision to support through the CWCDH will solely be under the discretion of the CWCDH and would not be determined only on the outcome of the adjudication process.


Important Dates:

Application deadline – 15th August 2018

The announcement of the finalists – 31st August 2018

Registration deadline – 15th September 2018

The final round of judging – 10th and 11th October 2018 (in Colombo)

Commonwealth Digital Health Awards – 12th October 2018 (in Colombo)


Thematic Areas:

  • Adolescent health
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Communicable diseases
  • Dental health informatics
  • Disability health informatics
  • e-learning
  • Emergency informatics
  • Health education and health promotion
  • Maternal and neonatal health
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Nursing informatics
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Reproductive health
  • Telecare
  • Telemedicine

Marking criteria:


Criteria Description What earns a high score?
What does it do? Describe in detail what “job” it does? e.g. Does it solve a health problem, or prevent onset of a condition, or slow disease progression or Maintain good health?
  • Addresses a serious health problem/issue related to health


How well does it work? What evidence exists to show this is effective?
  • Good evidence that the solution works as expected
What makes it innovative? What is new in how it does its “Job”? perhaps the Technology? Science? Design? How it engages sufferers or health care professionals?
  • Addresses the problem in a novel way
  • Uses new technology, science or design as a core part of the solution
  • Engages sufferers and/or professionals in a novel way
How different is it than its alternatives? What factors make this look or feel different than alternatives a consumer could use?
  • Something that makes it obviously different to a consumer
How much better is it than alternatives? Does it compete with other solutions that a consumer can buy for the same problem? What factors make it better? How much better is it than the competition?
  • Evidence of superior performance compared to alternatives
How much does it cost? What makes this a “frugal innovation” – something designed to work optimally in countries with low resources and consumers who are not wealthy?
  • Inexpensive to buy
  • Inexpensive to use

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