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Clinicians' Challenge 2015 Winners
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2015 HiNZ Clinician Challenge Winners!


Doctors from Waikato and Tairawhiti DHBs have taken out the top prizes in the 2015 Clinicians’ Challenge at the HiNZ Conference in Christchurch. The challenge encourages health professionals to find ways technology can make a difference to the health of New Zealanders.


Dr James McKelvie, Senior Registrar, Waikato DHB, 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, won the active project/development category for his oDocs Eye Care initiative which uses mobile technology to increase access to ophthalmic care.


Both winners will receive $8,000 to continue developing their initiatives. The awards were presented on 21 October at the HiNZ Conference gala dinner in Christchurch.


Health Minister Jonathan Coleman congratulated Dr McKelvie and Dr Hong, saying their 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. 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.”


The two runners-up who will each receive $2,000 were:

  • Dr Lance O’Sullivan, a GP in Kaitaia and 2014 New Zealander of the Year, who presented vMOKO, an initiative that uses mobile technology to remotely diagnose and treat skin conditions in schools in the Far North.
  • Rob Ticehurst, Principal Pharmacist, Auckland DHB, who proposed a joined up system to manage patient risks associated with medication allergies.

There were a total of 66 entries in this year’s Clinicians’ Challenge - a joint initiative by the National Health IT Board and Health Informatics New Zealand.


Watch this space for details of the 2016 Clinician's Challenge!


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