A group led by Wellington IT consultancy company Maxsys, was announced as the winning vendor for the 2011 Health Informatics New Zealand Clinicians Challenge, at an awards dinner last week. The Clinicians Challenge is a competition run by Health Informatics New Zealand, with support from the New Zealand Health IT Cluster, and the National Health IT Board.
Clinicians from around New Zealand put forward everyday problems they face in their practices which could be solved with the help of information technology. Vendors then submit solutions which are judged on feasibility, potential health benefit, effective use of workforce, and innovation.
This year there were 56 cases submitted by the clinicians.
The winning vendor team submitted a solution for the case put forward by Hawkes Bay District Health Board and Crown research institute Environmental Science and Research, which will allow legal notifications of referrals through the use of smart devices such as smartphones.
“The solution we put forward builds on the existing infrastructure and existing referral work that’s been done in the past,” says Murray Wills, managing director of Maxsys.
“That’s one of the reasons the judges would have been happy about our entry.”
The submission is a collaboration between Maxsys, HealthLink, and Kinross Group. HealthLink are providing health networking services, and Kinross Group are providing smartphone application services.
"We realised no single vendor could complete the challenge on their own. So for us, it was about working together to see where and how what we offered fit into the wider picture," says Wills.
The winning solution does not automatically get developed, but Wills says the organisations involved are working with the New Zealand Health IT Cluster to move it forward.
“We will be talking to them about making it a reality.”
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