HISA sets out challenge for health app developers

Aged care, medication management, the quantified self and clinician productivity are the four categories chosen for the 2014 Health Informatics Society of Australia's (HISA) Health Apps Challenge, which will be showcased at the Innovation Expo at the Health Informatics Conference (HIC) in Melbourne in August.

Last year's winner was Sydney medical student Martin Seneviratne, who is currently developing his concept for iResident, a tablet-based app for junior medical officers that acts as a to-do list and which he hopes can be integrated with electronic medical records.

Entrants in this year's challenge only need submit a concept for an app rather than a working model, as they will receive feedback from eHealth and health informatics experts as part of the competition.

Judging criteria includes the user experience, effectiveness for identified problems, an evidence base anchored in medical research, perceived value in healthcare and applicability to Australia.

For the aged care category, the organisers are looking for apps that can help carers, managers and clinicians to improve efficiency, productivity and quality of care for residents. HISA says some of the key areas already identified as priorities in aged care IT are eHealth, telehealth and mobility solutions; care management; and management information and reporting.

For the medication management category, which is sponsored by Sanofi, the idea is to develop a digital medication management solution to help motivate and guide a person with one or more chronic diseases to become an active participant in their own health management.

HISA says the solution must be able to interface with the patient's care team, healthcare provider network – including GP, pharmacist and specialists – as well as existing data platforms on which they rely.

For clinician productivity, apps should help clinicians to manage information in a cohesive, comprehensible and easy manner while working in stressful and high-pressured environments.

And for Quantified Self – the consumer movement dedicated to using technology for better self-monitoring, testing and self-sensing – the idea is to design a concept for an app which can be used to improve daily functioning by collecting self-tracking data.

Both individual and team entries are encouraged. The first round of judging will see a panel shortlist entries to be featured on the HISA website, where HISA members will vote on their preferred entry.

Eight finalists will then be chosen showcase the concept at the Innovation Expo before an overall winner will be announced at the HIC gala dinner.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 20, at 9am EST. Judging will then take place to into the voting round, with voting opening on July 8. Member voting closes on July 31 and the winners will be announced on August 13.

More information is available at the Health Apps Challenge website, where entrants are asked to complete a submission form and upload the concept.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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