Grey Book app takes out public choice award for apps4nsw
The winners of NSW Health's apps4nsw competition have been announced, with JFM Solutions winning a number of categories including the public choice award for its Grey Book app prototype.
JFM Solutions is a collaboration between health informatics researcher Joanne Curry of the University of Western Sydney, health IT executive Frank Dorrian and data warehousing and visualisation specialist Murray Cooper.
The team won the empowering consumers challenge with its Breathe Right app, which is targeted at asthmatics and people with respiratory problems, to provide them with timely information about air quality, pollen and temperature changes. It was also runner-up in the same category for its My Hospital Food app, which provides patients with a customised food ordering system for their hospital stay.
One of the aims of the competition was to harness the freely available information available from the NSW government, its enterprises and non-government organisations. The Breath Right app, for example, aims to draw data about air quality from the NSW Department of Environment & Heritage, smoke from Fire & Rescue NSW, pollen from WeatherZone.com.au or The Asthma Foundation, and temperature from WeatherZone.com.au.
It was also the runner-up in the supporting clinicians challenge for its eGuidelines app, aimed at providing medical staff with simple and rapid access to latest scientifically proven information for specific conditions.
That challenge was won by Anthony Barker, a surgical registrar at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, for his idea for a My Patient List app, a mobile way of extracting the clinician's patient list from Cerner's PowerChart EMR and replacing the current paper-based form.
The winner of challenge three – enabling system change – is an idea for a safe medication management system for the visually impaired. Designed by pharmacist Steve Cohen, the idea is to convert a scanned QR code for drug label instructions from text to speech.
Challenge four – collaborating with primary care – was won by JFM Solutions' Grey Book, which is aimed at encouraging older people to take ownership of their own health by providing a simple and friendly medium to keep track of their personal health.
It would include medical data such as medications and personal test results as well as emotions and feelings, exercise, social outings, nutritional intake and general wellness.
The developers say data can also be "pushed" to the "book" by the PCEHR and government and professional bodies, regarding latest medical advances and research that relates to the "book owner", such as new blood pressure medications.
Each of the category winners receive $5000, with both winners and runners-up receiving mentoring and development assistance from NSW Health, NSW Trade and Investment and NICTA.
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