PeriCoach device, four-hour rule dashboard win Qld iAwards

The Queensland-developed PeriCoach device that assists women doing pelvic floor muscle training for stress urinary incontinence has taken out the health category at the Queensland iAwards.

PeriCoach includes a personalised device using biofeedback sensors, an app that provides instructions and pre-programmed exercises, and a web portal where women can monitor their progress and share it with their GP or other chosen healthcare provider.

Clinicians can also send notes and develop custom protocols that can be directly sent to the app.

The device is available in Australia and New Zealand for $A298, and is also being distributed by prescription in the US, where it recently received FDA approval.

PeriCoach has been developed by ASX-listed Analytica, which is chaired by medical practitioner Michael Monsour, also principal of Godbar Software, which markets The Practice clinical and practice management software.

Metro South Hospital and Health Service won a merit award in the health category for its CLEAR emergency department inpatient dashboard, which monitors patient outcomes correlating to the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT), better known as the four-hour rule.

The dashboard was developed internally by a team led by Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) deputy director of medicine Clair Sullivan. The technology has been implemented in nine hospitals.

Before the development of CLEAR, PAH had the worst NEAT performance in Australia but has halved the mortality rate of patients requiring emergency admission.

Also winning a merit award was the CSIRO for its cloud-based image analysis and processing toolbox, which provides improved access to biomedical image processing and analysis software packages via web-based user interfaces.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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