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2017 Clinicians' Challenge


Improve today, transform tomorrow!
Entries close 16 June 2017
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Do you have an innovative idea for using IT to improve health care today, or to transform tomorrow? Enter the Clinicians’ Challenge and tell us about it. The Clinicians’ Challenge is your chance to show us how you are using information and technology to revolutionise patient care. It is a joint initiative from the Ministry of Health and Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ).


Entry categories

The challenge has two categories.
  • New idea. Share your idea for a disruptive innovation for a digital system or application to deliver health services in new ways to improve patient outcomes, improve workflows, bring efficiencies or support better integrated care.
  • Active project/development. Share an innovation for a system or application you are developing, or have already developed, that improves the way you work, supports better patient care, delivers efficiencies and better integrated health services.


There are prizes for two winners and two finalists in each category. Each winner receives a $8,000 grant, and the other two finalists receive $2,000. The grants help the winners carry out further work on their proposals. All four finalists will receive free registration to the 2017 HiNZ Conference in Rotorua, valued at over $1,300 each, where they will do a short presentation.


Entries close on 16 June 2017 and the winners will be announced at the HiNZ Conference Awards Lunch on 3 November in Rotorua.


Judging criteria

The judges are appointed by the Ministry of Health and represent a mix of perspectives: clinicians, government and industry.


Active project/development criteria
  1. Is the case aligned with the themes in the New Zealand Health Strategy? Does the case enable consumers to be more involved in their health care and to access care closer to home?
  2. Does the case promote virtual health care; clinical care coordination; efficient information sharing and use of data to support clinical decision making?
  3. Is the case scalable and sustainable?
  4. the case deliver significant benefits to consumers and clinicians?
  5. Does the case demonstrate the use of standards?

New idea criteria
  1. Is the idea aligned with the themes in the New Zealand Health Strategy?
  2. Does the idea use disruptive technologies to transform or streamline clinical care? Does the idea enable consumers to be more involved in their health care and access care closer to home?
  3. Does the idea address workforce shortages?
  4. Does the idea deliver significant benefits to consumers and clinicians?
  5. Does the idea demonstrate the use of standards?

Up to five points are awarded for each criteria for a total score out of 25 points. The judging panel then review and discuss the top scored entries to decide on four finalists, two in each category.


Entry and finalist requirements

  • The deadline for receipt is midnight 16 June 2017 (there will be no extensions).
  • Your entry should be a maximum of 1100 words, which includes a 100 word executive summary.
  • The four selected clinicians who put forward the successful cases, two in each category, will be required to give a six-minute presentation to the judges during the HiNZ Conference at the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua on Wednesday 1 November 2017. These four clinicians will receive free registration to the three day 2017 HiNZ Conference (valued at over $1300 each)
  • The two winners and the two runners up will be announced and presented with certificates at the HINZ Awards Lunch on Friday 3 November, in Rotorua. The winner in each category will receive a grant of $8000.The runner up in each category will receive a grant of $2000.
  • The winning clinicians will be expected to undertake their proposed development, field trip or study by 30 September 2018.
  • The winning clinicians will be expected to present the findings to the 2018 HINZ Conference, in Wellington on 21 November 2018.
  • The two winning clinicians will receive registration to the 2018 HiNZ Conference in Wellington (valued at over $1300 each)



Entries close Friday 16 June 2017



2016 winners were:

  • Dr Mark Fisher, an anaesthetist at Counties Manukau DHB, who won in the new ideas category for his shared preoperative workbench for elective surgery initiative.
  • Nick Eichler and his colleagues from Auckland Regional Public Health Service who won in the active project/development category for their TeleDOT, which enables patients receiving TB treatment to record taking their medication on their smartphone.

2015 winners were:

  • Dr James McKelvie, Senior Registrar, Waikato DHB, who won the new ideas category for his electronic referral, risk assessment and real-time audit of cataract surgery initiative.
  • Dr Hong Sheng Chiong, Ophthalmology Registrar, Gisborne Hospital, who won the active project/development category for his oDocs Eye Care initiative which uses mobile technology to increase access to ophthalmic care.

2014 winners were a team from Nelson Marlborough DHB who developed Emergency Department at a Glance. This is a dashboard system providing real-time information on patients, their waiting times, symptoms, treatment and location. It also allows emergency staff to quickly see the severity of cases, as well as showing any patients on their way by ambulance or helicopter.


2013 winners were Dr Aniva Lawrence and Dr 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. Young people visiting a youth clinic or their GP could complete a survey via an iPad application, with the results automatically uploaded for health professionals to view. They could then use the information to build an accurate picture of the needs of their youth population.


Questions? Email Kim at HiNZ

HiNZ, PO Box 300125, Albany, Auckland 0752, New Zealand.

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