The 15th Annual
Call for Entries About to End
Late Fee Now Applies
This leading awards program exclusively recognizes the very best websites and digital communications of healthcare organizations (both large and small), online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, suppliers, and business improvement initiatives. These awards highlight the Internet's role in achieving an organization's business objectives and recognize the hard work that has gone into creating outstanding health websites and digital initiatives.
Who May Enter
All organizations and individuals involved in the process of developing or managing a health-related website or other digital effort. Design, strategy, and public relations firms may enter on behalf of their clients.
Organizations from outside the United States are strongly encouraged to enter.
How to Enter
Simply complete the online entry form. You should select just one Group Classification (for example, hospital 200-399 beds or pharmaceutical company) per entry form. (Complete a separate entry form for each website/URL or digital effort you wish to submit). You may select as many Award Categories as you wish under your group classification. Agencies submitting entries should submit a separate entry form for each client. Please see FAQs for further explanation of Group Classifications, Award Categories, and other common questions.
The following companies have helped to make the eHealthcare Leadership Awards possible:
Connect Healthcare (A PhotoBooks Company)
Private Health News
Neathawk Dubuque & Packett
Professional Research Consultants
An independent panel of individuals familiar with healthcare and digital communications evaluate each entry. Websites and other digital efforts will be rated based on a
standard of Internet excellence and how they compare with others in their
group classification. Judging takes place during August. If you would like to join us as a judge, learn more.
Award Categories and Judging Criteria
- Best Overall Internet Site. Factors considered include delivery of strong health content, interactivity, medical care support, integration with the organization's operations, as well as strength of Web design and ease of navigation.
- Best Site Design. Is the Web design unusual, attractive, and engaging? Does the design facilitate access to key site information; provide strong branding and excellent usability?
- Best Social Networking. Focus is on blogs, chats, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Second Life, and other social networking channels.
- Best Rich Media. Includes video, audio podcasts, Flash shows, animations, virtual tours, and multimedia.
- Best Interactive Site. Focus is on site's interactive features and technologies: for providing health information, health evaluations; establishing ongoing relationships via personal Web pages, e-newsletters, e-mail alerts; facilitating community groups.
- Best Health/Healthcare Content. How extensive, balanced, up-to-date, well-organized, and credible is the information presented? Includes individual wellness and community health initiatives.
- Best Mobile Communications. Focus is on an organization's mobile website, mobile apps, and other mobile efforts. Consideration given for how well mobile is integrated with other communications.
- Best Patient Access & Convenience. Covers appointments requests and scheduling, ER wait times, patient test results, bill pay, patient-physician communications, directions, classes/events, and service preregistration.
Patient portals included.
- New! Best Newsroom. Can be a separate area or a section under About Us. Includes news releases (multimedia and traditional), quick facts/key statistics, media contacts/resources/policies, leadership bios, awards and recognitions, TV and other advertising, photo gallery, news coverage, speaker’s bureau.
- Best Care/Disease Management Site. Focus is on medical management tools and news and information available online to help consumers manage a chronic condition, two-way communication between patient and healthcare practitioners, opportunities to monitor clinical care.
- Best Doctor Directory. How easy is it to find a doctor – physician, dentist, or other professional – who meets a consumer’s or referring physician’s needs? How organized, extensive, and interesting is the information on the doctor? Are appointment requests facilitated?
- Best Marketing Campaign. Covers either "Digital/Online" campaigns or "Integrated" campaigns. The latter includes a combination of digital/online communications and offline/traditional media. Campaigns may involve promotion of a service line, product, or rebranding effort. Submission guidelines will be supplied after entry is made.
Best Intranet Site. How well is an organization using its "internal network" to enhance employee productivity and satisfaction, reduce administrative costs? Do site design and features encourage use?
- eHealth Organizational Commitment. This award recognizes an organization's commitment to using the Internet and technology to help achieve the organization’s mission and strategic business objectives. Factors considered include financial resources and organizational focus on eHealth as well as initiatives implemented. To enter this award category, you must also enter at least four other award categories and provide details supporting your submission so that the organization can be fully evaluated. Detailed guidelines will be supplied upon entry submission.-
Winners will be recognized during the Eighteenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference to be held November 3-5, 2014, in Scottsdale, AZ. Visit www.hcic.net for more information on the conference.
Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Distinction Awards may be given in every Group Classification for each Award Category. The judges determine the exact number and level of awards presented. Award winners receive recognition at a special presentation during the annual Healthcare Internet Conference and in print and online. In addition, winners receive an eHealthcare Leadership Awards certificate, along with an Awards logo to display on their website and in promotional material.
For healthcare providers and associations, the entry fee is $75 per award category entered. For managed care organizations, online health organizations, pharmaceutical/medical equipment companies, business improvement, and other sites, the fee is $95 per category entered.
In either division, the entry fee is $135 for Best Marketing Campaign, Best Intranet, and eHealth Organizational Commitment award entries. The higher fee for these three special award categories is due to the substantial time required to judge the entries.
Late entries must include a $50 late fee per entry form.
Deadline for 2014 Program
Call for entries starts on May 1 and ends June 30. Entries accepted until July 15 with late fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions, please see FAQs, which covers many common questions and issues that people have raised in the past. And if you still have a question after reviewing this section, please contact us.