HiNZ Clinicians' Challenge opens for another year

Entries have opened for the annual Clinicians' Challenge, a joint initiative between the NZ Ministry of Health and Health Informatics New Zealand.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said a key focus of this year’s challenge is ‘disruptive innovation’, in which an innovation disrupts the existing norm and becomes the new benchmark.

An example was the winner of the 2015 competition Hong Sheng Chiong, who has developed a smartphone-based retinal camera that can help perform eye exams at a very low cost in any location, he said.

Last year's winners include a concept for a shared pre-operative workbench and a telehealth application for monitoring tuberculosis treatment.

One that has been commercialised is the Listen Please app that won the 2011 competition. Designed by intensive care specialist Janet Liang, the app can be used by patients with speech difficulties or English as a second language to communicate with clinicians, and vice versa.

“There’s no doubt technology is changing the way healthcare is delivered,” Dr Coleman said. “We’re just scratching the surface of what innovations can offer to complement clinical treatment.”

The winner in each of two categories receives a grant of $8000, with the results announced at the HiNZ conference in November. Entries close on June 16. Submit applications here.

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Tags: HiNZ, Clinicians' Challenge

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