Clinicians' challenge winner, new board announced at HiNZ

Emergency department physician Tom Morton from Nelson Marlborough DHB has won this year's Clinicians' Challenge, picking up a prize of $10,000.

Dr Morton's pitch for the challenge was for ‘Emergency Department at a Glance’, an information system that displays data for managing patients’ journey through the ED.

Announced at the Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) conference in Auckland, Dr Morton edged out a proposal from Allister Williams, a nephrologist from Taranaki DHB, for 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.

The other runner up was Canterbury paediatrician John Garrett, who proposed a tool to electronically record information on clinical consultations about sick children or newborn babies. Both Dr Williams and Dr Garrett received $5000 each.

HiNZ also announced its new board at the conference, which saw a major boost in attendance this year. The board includes:

  • Nathan Billing, an information management analyst at Auckland DHB
  • Trevor English, general manager of hospital support and laboratories at Canterbury DHB
  • Denise Irvine, postgraduate nurse coordinator at Waikato DHB
  • Dave Parry, an associate professor at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Liz Schoff, principal of Pleione Consulting.

The Sysmex Prize for Health Informatics went to Alexandra Gower for her proposal for a medications management app connected to the New Zealand ePrescribing Service (NZePS) to help patient adherence.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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