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Sysmex Award for Health Informatics 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017  
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by Dr Karen Day, Senior Lecturer University of Auckland & HiNZ Board member:


"I would like to congratulate the students who were shortlisted for this year's Sysmex Award. They are David Leong, Sal Lennon, and Kristin Lloyd, from our third year Bachelor of Health Sciences students who did my course in Health Informatics as part of the Pathway in Health Information and Analytics. The award consists of $1,000 and registration to attend the annual HiNZ conference.


Each year the students are asked to write a business case in which they describe a health informatics innovation in response to a problem they have identified. They are given a question to contextualise their innovation and this year the question was, “How can we use information technologies to provide smart healthcare services?” and 41 students submitted their business cases (which was one of the assignments for their course).


And the winner is....David Leong! Congratulations David!


Here are five minute videos of our three shortlisted students telling you what their innovation is about and what problem they are responding to.


David Leong proposed a national rhuematic fever registry (we checked, there isn't one yet) that had features enabling linkages to patients' electronic health records, and features that connect patients to their local health services.


Sal Lennon's innovation is called 'Get Smart with RT with RT4Me' and she identified that people in a radiation therapy programme can be overwhelmed with the effects and inconvenience of therapy, and need something to help them get through the gruelling schedule. She proposed a smart phone app connected to the electronic health record with features that connect patients to staff, making therapy easier to do.


Kirstin Lloyd's business case was called 'Smart Spot and Smart Spot Connect: At-home monitoring of vulnerable infants' in which she proposed that vulnerable infants could go home sooner and be monitored using sensors and a smart phone connected to the service that is taking care of the infant and family.


Congratulations all three!"





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