Challenging apps for HISA Apps Challenge

A medicines dose calculation app, a digital version of a junior doctor's rounds sheet and an appointment booking and remote consultation system are three of 16 app concepts entered in the Health Informatics Society of Australia's Apps Challenge, voting for which closes today.

The Apps Challenge is in four categories this year, including aged care, medication management, the quantified self and clinician productivity, with the winners to be announced at the Health Informatics Conference in Melbourne on August 13.

Several of the apps are already available for use, including DoseMe, a dose-individualisation tool developed for the cloud-based DoseMe software that recently won its creators a Queensland iAward for best start-up company.

The software helps to determine the optimal dose of a medicine based upon a patient's individual ability to absorb, process and clear the medicine. It can be used on smart devices as well as through a web app, and can integrate into patient management software.

14-year-old Dhruv Verma's app for the aged care category allows family members to monitor the movements of family members in the home. Using real-time location system (RTLS) tags, the app is designed to display exactly where the person is at that point in time.

Called PROTEGO, or PROactive Technology for Elderly on the GO, the concept is different from other apps that use GPS, which are unable to pinpoint exact locations. It is designed to be easy to use, featuring animations and bright colours, and will be suitable for phones, tablets and desktops.

Two clinical productivity apps aimed at junior doctors have been entered by Rob Pearlman, including Rounds, which includes a patient tracker and task list with colour-coded job tasks for team-based care in the hospital setting.

He has also entered the AfterHours task manager for overtime shifts, which is already available on the iTunes store and is being used by RMOs in several Sydney Hospitals. It aims to solve the problem of keeping track of patients and jobs on overtime shifts, and to ease clinical handover.

The instadok app is designed to be used by both doctors and patients to set and manage appointments, do video consultations and order prescriptions. Established by Rajanaidu Ganesha, instadok has signed an agreement with prescription exchange service MediSecure to have prescriptions sent to the patient's home or nominated pharmacy.

Q&A-Med is an app that produces auto-generated questions that patients can use to prompt them to ask doctors and pharmacists about the medicines they are taking, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements, as well as store details of all medications and any allergies.

It also has an audio recording function that lets the patient record the practitioner's answers so it can be played back later, as well as a reminder function to order more repeats.

HISA members can view all entries and vote for their favourite on the HISA website.

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