HiNZ 2015: Doctors take out Clinicians' Challenge top prizes

Two doctors took out the top prizes in the 2015 Clinicians' Challenge, both receiving an $8000 award to continue the development of their ideas.

The challenge was split into two categories this year, with one prize for a new idea and the other for a project in active development.

James McKelvie, a senior registrar with Waikato District Health Board, won the new ideas category for his electronic referral, risk assessment and real-time audit of cataract surgery initiative. Runner-up in the category was Rob Ticehurst, principal pharmacist at Auckland DHB, who proposed a joined-up system to manage patient risks associated with medication allergies.

Hong Sheng Chiong, an ophthalmology registrar at Gisborne Hospital, won the active project/development category for his oDocs Eye Care initiative, which uses mobile technology to increase access to ophthalmic care.

Runner-up was Kaitaia GP Lance O’Sullivan, who presented vMOKO, an initiative that uses mobile technology to remotely diagnose and treat skin conditions in schoolchildren.

The awards were presented at the Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) conference in Christchurch last week.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said in a statement that the initiatives showed innovation was alive and well in the health IT sector.

“It’s great to see clinicians finding better use of information and technology to deliver more timely quality patient care which can enable clinicians to spend more time with patients and less on administration,” Dr Coleman said.

“We want to see more health care delivered in the community and people living healthier lives away from hospitals. Using technology has a key role to play in this.”

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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