The NSW Government has presented awards to the winners of its 'apps4nsw - collaborate solutions for health' competition, who now get the chance to showcase their ideas to government and industry.
The apps4nsw program helps developers transform data held by the NSW Government and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) into consumer-friendly mobility apps. A total of 35 entries were judged.
Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, and Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, recognised winners across four challenge categories. These include: supporting clinicians, enabling system change, primary care, and empowering consumers.
'Supporting clinicians' was taken out by 'My Patient List' by Anthony Barker. The app allows clinicians to access mobile versions of patient lists and view real-time test results. StayWell Health Solutions claimed second for its 'eGuidelines' app.
The 'empowering consumers' segment was won by 'Breathe Right' by StayWell, which provides timely information on pollen and temperature changes. StayWell also picked up second for 'My Hospital Food', and 'Tiny Beans' (by Tiny Beans) came in as highly commended.
'Enabling system change' went to 'Safe Medication Management and Independence for the Visually Imparied' by Steve Cohen. This app uses mobile device capabilities to assist the visually-impaired in taking medication. 2 guys 1 app won second for 'Open Health Budget', and StayWell claimed highly commended for 'My Medical Services'.
The 'collaborating with primary care' award went to 'The Grey Book' by Staywell, an app that aids over-50s in managing and taking control of their own health outcomes. 'My Cycle of Care' by iHealth NSW took out second.
"The four major winners each receive a $5000 incentive grant from the Department of Finance and Services," Pearce said. "The winners and runners up also receive mentoring and development assistance from NSW Health, NSW Trade, and Investment and NICTA."
apps4nsw also featured a 'people's choice' category, which was presented by Samsung Electronics Australia telecommunications division enterprise business development manager, Javier Santamarta.
StayWell took the top spot for 'Grey Book', and received a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 as the prize. University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Science won second for 'Emergency Departments NSW', receiving a Galaxy Tab 2 7.2.