Oct 2018
3rd Commonwealth Digital Health Conference & Awards
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Partners and Organisers

Awards Partner
About Awards

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. Applications are accepted from all countries.

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:

The extended deadline for submissions – 31st August 2018

The announcement of the finalists – 8th September 2018

Registration deadline8.00am (GMT) on 21st September 2018

The final round of judging – 11th and 12th 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
Winners of CDHA - 2017

Category Submission name Ranking
Communicable diseases New laboratory based e-surveillance system for dengue infection 1
Communicable diseases Quarantine Health Record Management and Surveillance System 2
e-learning IIHS LMS 1
e-learning SimHaL 2
Emergency informatics Disaster Management Health Information System (DMHIS) 1
Emergency informatics National critical care registry and bed availability system 2
Health education and health promotion Educational interactive mobile app for improving accuracy of COD data 1
Health education and health promotion Stoma care mobile app 2
Maternal and neonatal health e Sayana, Medical Officer of Health 1
Non-communicable diseases CLARDIA 1
Non-communicable diseases Panacea’s Medi-Belt 2
Non-communicable diseases Renal Registry Sri Lanka 2
Nursing informatics ohumSky 1
Nursing informatics Early Warning Score (EWS), Network for Improving Critical care Systems and Training (NICST) 2
Nutrition National Nutrition Information System(NNIS) 1
Pharmacy informatics Entution Vesta 1
Reproductive health Electronic Reproductive Health Management Information System (eRHMIS) 1
Telemedicine oDoc 1
Telemedicine MyDoctor Health App 2

  • 12 Oct
    Day 1
  • Oak Hall
08:30 - 09:15 Digital Health Commonwealth – Strengthening Health Systems Through Digital Health

Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake

President, Commonweaoth Medical Assocaition

President, Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka

Chairman, Commonealth Centre for Digital Health

09:15 - 10:45 Digital Ecosystems Panel

Brian O'Connor


European Connected Health Alliance


Anoop Singh


Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health


Gibson Kibiki

Executive Director

East African Health Commission | DigiralREACH Project

Tea Break

11:00 - 12:30 Commonwealth Governments Panel

12:30 - 13:15 Digital Health – Security and Privacy Challenges

Prof. Rohan Samarajeeva

Chairman, ICTAgency, Sri Lanka


14:00 - 15:30 Commonwealth Center for Digital Health:
International Advisory Board Panel

Tea Break

15:45 - 17:15 International Development Partner Panel


17:30 - 19:00 Digital Health Awards – 2018

19:00 Cocktail Reception

3rd CWDHC&A Registration

It is mandatory that all delegates register for the 3rd Commonwealth Digital Health Conference & Awards.

Registration Rates:

    • Foreign Delegates – USD 150
    • Local Delegates – LKR 15,000
    • HISSL Members – LKR 10,000

Please click the relevant link below to register:


Please note that you will be directed to Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka secure web portal (https://hissl.lk).