David Leong, Salome Lennon and Kirstin Lloyd have been named as finalists in the annual Sysmex Award for Health Informatics. The third year Bachelor of Health Sciences degree students at The University of Auckland overcame a competitive field of outstanding and inventive entries to be selected as the top three finalists. The winner of the award will be announced at the 2017 HiNZ Conference in Rotorua this November.
Established in 2011, the Sysmex Award for Health Informatics aims to instigate resourceful thinking and inspire quality in health informatics education and is open to students undertaking their third year of a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree at The University of Auckland. Sysmex New Zealand and Auckland University collaborate to determine the assignment question, the selection of finalists and, ultimately, the winner of the award. Finalists are shortlisted based on their innovation, use of technology and feasibility. Karen Day, Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics at Auckland University, stated, “The assignment topic this year ‘how can we use information technologies to provide smart healthcare services’, prompted a wide ranging variety of creative ideas from the students and I was excited to see such a depth of innovative thinking from the business cases the students submitted.”
Our first finalist, David Leong, proposed the implementation of a national rheumatic fever registry to increase quality of statistical data on rheumatic fever, improve patient management between DHBs and to assist with the compliance of the required long-term treatment plans. The second finalist, Salome Lennon, outlined a business case for a radiation therapy smartphone app which offered patients more control over their treatment including appointment scheduling and side-effect management thereby improving adherence to care plans. And our third finalist, Kirstin Lloyd, has looked to technology for a home based healthcare solution for medically-well neonates offering a long-term, cost saving alternative to expensive neonatal care in hospital.
Rose Harding, Marketing Communications Manager at Sysmex New Zealand says, “All of the entries this year were first-class and incredibly exciting to review. It was a challenging job for our judges and there was a great deal of heated discussion among the panel to select the three finalists. We believe each finalist’s business case offered an original solution that was innovative, feasible and would fit well with the Ministry of Health’s national electronic health record and overall digital health strategy.”