Call for entries for Clinicians' Challenge

New Zealand's annual Clinicians' Challenge competition is now open, offering a $10,000 grant to a winning concept that promotes the use of information systems in healthcare.

Organised by the National Health IT Board (NHITB), Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) and the NZ Health IT Cluster (NZHIT), the closing date for entries is October 3, with the winners announced at the HINZ conference in Auckland in November.

The challenge asks clinicians to identify ways technology can improve their clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. It can include apps, tools or system redesign, and is open to any clinician or group of clinicians who have a proposal that uses IT to solve a problem in their day-to-day practice.

Past winners include Janet Liang, an intensive care specialist from North Shore Hospital who proposed a language interpreter system to improve communication with patients. Her Listen Please app, designed for use in medical emergencies and at the bedside, is now on sale.

Last year's winners were Northland GPs Aniva Lawrence and Kyle Eggleton, who proposed an online health survey for young people which could then be put into an electronic record and used to provide targeted health services.

The 2012 winner was Opotiki GP Jo Scott-Jones, who won with a concept looking at how improvements could be made to standing orders to allow nurses to have a greater role in patient care, such as administering routine medicines.

The proposals can be both at the conceptual stage or used in practice. The winning entrants will receive $10,000 towards conducting more research, carrying out site visits, attending a related conference or to carry out further work on the proposal. Two other finalists will each receive $5000.

Entries are required as a Word document and sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view Friday, October 3.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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