In-home rehab system wins best new product at Vic iAwards

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and Melbourne-based digital health product design firm Curve Tomorrow have taken out the new product award at the Victorian state iAwards with Sonny Movement, an in-home rehabilitation system for children with brain injury and movement disorders.

Sonny Movement uses gesture control and social gaming technologies to make rehab fun for children while a 3D camera allows researchers to analyse the child's movement remotely in real time.

The two organisations also won a merit award in the research and development domain for PEERS (Paediatric Evaluation of Emotions, Relationships and Socialisation), a digital assessment tool for children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and depression.

The winner of the health section in the services category was Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital for the Okee in Medical Imaging app, which provides games and information for children attending a medical imaging appointment.

Designed in association with digital agency Conduct, Okee uses games to train children how to hold their breath and keep still and about contrast agents. It also explains the different imaging modalities – MRI, fluoroscopy, CT, X-ray, ultrasound – and includes real-life photos and videos to show children what it's like to have medical pictures taken.

The winner of the mobile category in the Hills Young Innovator of the Year category was Jarrel Seah, co-designer of the multi-award winning Eyenaemia app for predicting the risk of anaemia. Mr Seah and his business partner Jennifer Tang won the $50,000 Microsoft Imagine Cup for Eyenaemia last year.

Merit award winners included Alzheimer's Australia Victoria and Opaque Multimedia for their Advanced Virtual Dementia Experience, which uses Oculus Rift headsets to provide an immersive experience for aged care workers to better understand how people with dementia see the world.

Real-Time Health won a merit award in the health category for GoShare Healthcare, a customisable content distribution platform designed to help health professionals improve the health literacy and self-management behaviours of people with chronic illnesses.

The winners and merit recipients will go on to compete at the national iAwards in August in Melbourne.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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