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Mobile health round-up: Dec–Jan

Wednesday, 16 January 2019  
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Firstcheck skin cancer app partners with insurance company


New Zealand health technology company Firstcheck has partnered with life insurance company TAL to give Australians access to skin check expertise from home via a smartphone.


New Australasian research showed that 85.4% of melanomas were selfdetected by the patient - or by a family or friend and doctors first detected only 14.6% of all melanomas.


The Firstcheck App and Firstcheck SkinScope (specialised smartphone lens attachment) allows users to send photos of skin spots and moles directly to a skin cancer doctor for assessment.


Firstcheck has also received significant clinical backing through a partnership with Skin Institute, which has 18 clinics throughout New Zealand.


Emergency services dial up speed for 111 mobile calls


Emergency calls made to 111 from all mobile phones in New Zealand are to have verified locations, aiding a faster response from the country’s emergency services.


Enhancements announced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to the Emergency Caller Location Information service are potentially life-saving.


The updates see the ECLI service extended to all mobile phone calls to 111 as well as increasing the number of calls supported by high-precision location – including calls from basic, non-internet capable phones and by international visitors roaming on a New Zealand network.


Health Navigator needs app reviewers

The New Zealand health app library is looking for clinical reviewers for health apps.

Hosted on the Health Navigator NZ website, the app library has more than 100 independently reviewed health apps for consumers, so they know which ones are safe to use and which to avoid.

Health Navigator needs more reviewers so it can increase the range of health conditions covered, including reviewers for apps for people with disabilities and for people with dementia.

Clinical director Janine Bycroft says she is particularly interested in hearing from health professionals who have used a patient-focussed health app in a clinical setting, especially where this has contributed to successful patient outcomes.

She would also like to hear from anyone who has developed or is in the process of developing a health app, or who can recommend one to review. Contact Sandra Ponen if you are interested.


Melon Health wins award for excellence in integration

Melon Health has been awarded the Hutt Valley DHB Quality Award for Excellence in Integration. These annual awards recognise people and teams at the DHB making a difference for patients in the Hutt Valley.

The team has supported the testing of a digital self-management programme (developed by Melon Health) for diabetic patients in the Hutt Valley.

The programme required close collaboration of Melon with general practice teams, Te Awakairangi Health Network and Melon Health. The teams fully embraced the programme for their patients, showing dedication and commitment to testing this new and innovative approach, ensuring its success for participants.


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