Alphastudy acknowledged with NSW Health Award

Emergency department staff at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, in collaboration with Alphastudy, have been awarded a NSW Health award in the ‘Making Smart Choices’ category. The award recognised the team’s work on a project designed to improve emergency department training and quality improvement capacity through the use of the Alphastudy collaborative learning system. Accessible via a web browser, Alphastudy combines online learning tools with the ability to share educational material within an organisation.

Over a nine month period, a wide range of learning activities and quality initiatives were generated including evaluation of emergency department clinical handover, training needs analysis, knowledge dissemination and discussion forums.

The award was presented at a ceremony held on 15 October at the Australian Technology Park by Director General of NSW Health and NEHTA board member, Professor Debora Picone.

On their way to winning the NSW Health “Baxter” Award, the project team also collected a Quality Improvement Award, presented by the South Sydney Western Area Health Service.

At the state level, the collaboration edged out two other finalists, including a telehealth project that links the emergency departments of base and regional hospitals within the North Coast Area Health Service.

Since their establishment in 1999, interest in the awards has seen them developed into a two-stage selection, with over 170 submissions made in 2010.

Judging panels comprise volunteers from a range of positions including board members, chief executives, general managers and directors, health researchers, quality managers, patient advocates and policy advisors. A judging panel of up to eight members is assigned to each award category.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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