In-home rehab, imaging app and BloodNet big winners at iAwards

An app using games and videos to show children what's involved in medical images took out the health category at the national iAwards late last week, with the National Blood Authority's BloodNet laboratory information system interface and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute/Curve Tomorrow Sonny Movement rehab platform also featuring prominently.

The National Blood Authority took out the government category at the awards for the BloodNet LIS interface, which automates the real-time exchange of hospital inventory levels of critical blood stocks and the status of each unit, along with the Victorian Government Inspiration Award and a merit award in the health category.

The overall health category winner is called Okee in Medical Imaging, and is a joint development between the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and digital agency Conduct.

Okee uses games to train children how to hold their breath and keep still while having a medical image taken, as well as about contrast agents and the different imaging modalities. It's available as a mobile and tablet app to prepare children and families for scans in a fun and engaging way.

Analytica's PeriCoach device for pelvic floor muscle training also won a merit award in the health category.

Sonny Movement, an assessment and rehabilitation platform for children with movement disorders, took out the new product award. Developed by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and Melbourne-based digital health product design firm Curve Tomorrow, 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.

National ICT Australia (NICTA) spin-out company Coviu won the regional inclusion and community award in the society domain for its WebRTC-based digital services delivery platform. Coviu's technology is being used to provide speech therapy to children in rural areas of NSW.

NICTA's VibroMat technology, a non-invasive visual prosthetic device aimed at assisting people with vision loss with a range of tasks, won a merit award in the undergraduate tertiary category. The overall winner was Anthony Phan from Curtin University for his robotic hand exoskeleton.

Jarrel Seah, who co-developed the Eyenaemia app for screening for anaemia, own the mobile category in the Hills Young Innovator of the Year awards.

A full list of the award winners is available form the iAwards website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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