eHealth applications score high at iAwards

The Integrative Medicine Gateway that has been integrated into eMIMS to provide information on complementary and prescription drug interactions has won the health category at the national iAwards, announced late last week.

The IMGateway has been developed by UnityHealth to provide evidence-based information and research on complementary medicines. Last year, a drug-herb interaction module was added to MIMS' electronic service, allowing users to select complementary and prescription medications from a list to analyse their interactions.

The interactions database has been sourced from research by professors Basil Roufogalis and Andrew McLachlan of the Herbal Medicines Research and Education Centre, part of the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy.

Any adverse drug interactions come with references to published studies, along with advice for the patient and general commentary.

The IMGateway also contains numerous patient information sheets on a broad range of conditions, herbs, supplements and treatment options, conventional and complementary treatment strategies presented side by side, along with a product directory and a large research database.

Two health IT projects were given merit awards, including the NT Department of Health and SRA Technology for their Internet Protocol Patient Monitor Security Access and Reporting System (ISARS), which provides remote patients with access to specialist clinicians.

The Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC), a joint venture between CSIRO and Queensland Health, has also set up a centre in WA, concentrating on ocular diseases. It won a merit award in the health category for its automated system of disease grading and clinical decision support for diabetes-related eye disease.

It also won a merit award in the research and development category for its computer-aided ocular biomarker suite for early detection of Alzheimer's disease. The AEHRC's Queensland operations won a merit award in the community category for its Safer Smarter Homes platform.

Jose Alvarado and his teammates Adriansyah and Huihyon You from Edith Cowan University won the undergraduate tertiary student award for their Parkinson's iTest app, which is designed to work on iPads and other tablet devices to test the condition of a patient with Parkinson's disease and share the results with their neurologist in the cloud.

Mr Alvarado hopes to have an updated app for iPads and Android devices available for early trials this month.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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