Three finalists announced for Clinicians' Challenge

Ideas for a smartphone app to give advice to people with chronic kidney disease, an emergency department at a glance information system and a tool to electronically record information on clinical consultations about sick kids make up the three finalists in this year's Clinicians' Challenge.

The annual challenge, organised by Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) in association with the National Health IT Board (NHITB), offers a prize of $10,000 to the winning clinician and $5000 to the runners-up.

It aims to encourage clinicians to identify ways technology can improve their clinical practice and improve patient outcomes.

The three finalists are Allister Williams, a consultant physician and nephrologist from Taranaki DHB. Dr Williams proposed MyKidneys, a web-based smartphone app to give people with chronic kidney disease the advice and support they need to participate in their own care.

Tom Morton, an emergency physician at Nelson Marlborough DHB, suggested Emergency Department at a Glance, an information system that displays data for managing patients’ journey through an emergency department.

John Garrett, a paediatrician from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB, proposed a tool to electronically record information on clinical consultations about sick children or newborn babies.

All three finalists have been invited to present their proposals to judges at the HiNZ conference in Auckland next week, with the winner announced November 11.

The grants are intended to be used to conduct more research, make a site visit, attend a related conference or carry out further work on the proposals.

NHITB director Graeme Osborne said proposals can range from consumer mobile apps to clinical decision support tools or systems that made better use of the rich information sources available.”

“Clinicians exceeded our expectations with the breadth of their proposals for improving the consumer experience, making healthcare more efficient or supporting a better integrated healthcare model,” Mr Osborne said.

“In addition to the three finalists’ proposals, there were many more great ideas that I hope clinicians will continue to develop further to extend the use of information systems in health.”

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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