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Award Winners Announced at 2017 HiNZ Conference

Monday, 13 November 2017  
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Congratulations to the award winners announced at this year's HiNZ Conference in Rotorua on 1-3 November 2017.


HiNZ Awards

  • Best Student Paper: Nicola Green, Massey University - for "A review of theoretical frameworks for telehealth to support effective research"
  • Best Poster: Donna Hahn, Rebecca Muir, Rowena Woolgar, Canterbury DHB - for "Personalised Care Plan: What matters most to the patient"
  • Best Exhibition Booth: Spark / Revera
  • Robyn Carr Cup for Excellence in Nursing Informatics: Anna-Marie Scroggins, MercyAscot
  • Best Nursing Informatics Case Study: Emma Collins, Otago Polytechnic and Sally Britnell, AUT - Embedding nursing informatics in the curriculm to connect nursing to digital health
Ministry of Health Clinicians' Challenge
  • Active Project winner: Dr Amanda Oakley, Emily Oakley, DermNet NZ - for skin disease image recognition tool
  • New Idea winner: Jillian Boniface, Leanne Liggett, Southern DHB - for Online immunisation catch-up calculator
  • Active Project runner-up: Dion Howard, Jaymesh Master, Michael Smith and Rosie Parry, Capital & Coast DHB - for Ask Ruru crisis communications app
  • New Idea runner-up: Simon Thornley, Auckland Regional Public Health Service - for Ketometer to assist compliance with low carbohydrate diets

The winner in each category received a grant of $8000. The runner up in each category will receive a grant of $2000. For more information about the clinicians challenge please visit the MOH website or contact Judy Eves, Ministry of Health on


NZHIT Innovation Award
  • Winner: Vensa Health
  • Runner up: Orion Health
  • Runner up: Celo

Entrants needed to demonstrate how the solution is an enabler of successful health outcomes per at least one of the five “Key Strategic Themes” described in the NZ Health Strategy as well as how the principles of the “Charter for Interoperability” will be met.


For more information about the NZHIT Awards please contact Scott Arrol, CEO, NZHIT on


Sysmex Award for Health Informatics

  • Winner: David Leong, third year Bachelor of Health Sciences degree student, for his business case recommending the implementation of a National Rheumatic Fever Registry.

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