Clinicians’ Challenge 2017

Do you have an innovative idea for using IT to improve health care today, or are you thinking of transforming tomorrow? Enter the Clinicians’ Challenge and tell us about it!

Clinician’s Challenge 2017 entries are now open.
Improve today, transform tomorrow!

The Clinicians’ Challenge 2017 seeks entries for innovative healthcare technology that will improve today and transform tomorrow. 

This is your chance to wow us with your vision and creativity, and show us how you are using information and technology to revolutionise patient care.

The Clinicians’ Challenge is an exciting joint initiative by the Ministry of Health and Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ).

Prizes

There are some fantastic prizes:

  • The winner in each category will receive a grant of $8000 
  • The runner up in each category will receive a grant of $2000
  • ll four finalists will receive registration to the 2017 Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) conference, valued at over $1300 each. 

You might want to use the grant to conduct more research, carry out a site visit or attend a relevant conference.

How to enter

Entries are now open - you can submit your entry using the online form.

Entries close on 16 June 2017 and the winners will be announced at the HiNZ conference awards lunch on 3 November in Rotorua. 

There are two categories.

  • New idea. Share your idea for a disruptive innovation for a digital system or application to deliver health services in new ways to improve patient outcomes, improve workflows, bring efficiencies or support better integrated care. 
  • Active project/development.  Share an innovation for a system or application you are developing, or have already developed, that improves the way you work, supports better patient care, delivers efficiencies and better integrated health services. 

Extra marks will be awarded if you use SNOMED.

Enter the Clinicians' Challenge

See below for the judging criteria and entry requirements.

Previous winners

Dr Hong Sheng Chiong, one of the 2015 winners.
Dr Hong Sheng Chiong, one of the 2015 winners.

2016 winners were:

  • Dr Mark Fisher, an anaesthetist at Counties Manukau DHB, who won in the new ideas category for his shared preoperative workbench for elective surgery initiative. 
  • Nick Eichler and his colleagues from Auckland Regional Public Health Service who won in the active project/development category for their TeleDOT, which enables patients receiving TB treatment to record taking their medication on their smartphone.

2015 winners were:

  • Dr James McKelvie, Senior Registrar, Waikato DHB, who won the new ideas category for his electronic referral, risk assessment and real-time audit of cataract surgery initiative.
  • Dr Hong Sheng Chiong, Ophthalmology Registrar, Gisborne Hospital, who won the active project/development category for his oDocs Eye Care initiative which uses mobile technology to increase access to ophthalmic care. (pictured)

2014 winners were a team from Nelson Marlborough DHB who developed Emergency Department at a Glance. This is a dashboard system providing real-time information on patients, their waiting times, symptoms, treatment and location. It also allows emergency staff to quickly see the severity of cases, as well as showing any patients on their way by ambulance or helicopter.

2013 winners were Dr Aniva Lawrence and Dr Kyle Eggleton, who proposed an online health survey for young people which could then be put into an electronic record and used to provide targeted health services. Young people visiting a youth clinic or their GP could complete a survey via an iPad application, with the results automatically uploaded for health professionals to view. They could then use the information to build an accurate picture of the needs of their youth population.

Judging criteria

Active project/development

  1. Is the case aligned with the themes in the New Zealand Health Strategy? Score out of 5.
  2. Does the case enable consumers to be more involved in their health care and to access care closer to home? Score out of 5.
  3. Does the case promote virtual health care; clinical care coordination; efficient information sharing and use of data to support clinical decision making?  Score out of 5.
  4. Is the case scalable and sustainable? Score out of 5.
  5. Does the case deliver significant benefits to consumers and clinicians? Score out of 5. 
  6. Does the case demonstrate the use of standards? Score out of 5.

New idea

  1. Is the idea aligned with the themes in the New Zealand Health Strategy? Score out of 5
  2. Does the idea use disruptive technologies to transform or streamline clinical care? Score out of 5
  3. Does the idea enable consumers to be more involved in their health care and access care closer to home? Score out of 5
  4. Does the idea address workforce shortages? Score out of 5 
  5. Does the idea deliver significant benefits to consumers and clinicians? Score out of 5. 
  6. Does the case demonstrate the use of standards? Score out of 5

Entry and finalist requirements

  • The deadline for receipt is midnight 16 June 2017 (there will be no extensions).
  • Your entry should be a maximum of 1100 words, which includes a short 100-word executive summary.
  • The four selected clinicians who put forward the successful cases, two in each category, will be required to give a six-minute presentation to the judges during the HiNZ Conference at the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua on Wednesday 1 November 2017. These four clinicians will receive free registration to the three day 2017 HiNZ Conference (valued at over $1300 each)
  • The two winners and the two runners up will be announced and presented with certificates at the HINZ Awards Lunch on Friday 3 November, in Rotorua.
  • The winner in each category will receive a grant of $8000.
  • The runner up in each category will receive a grant of $2000.
  • The winning clinicians will be expected to undertake their proposed development, field trip or study by 30 September 2018.
  • The winning clinicians will be expected to present the findings to the 2018 HINZ Conference, in Wellington on 21 November 2018. 
  • The winning clinicians will receive registration to the 2018 HiNZ conference (valued at over $1300 each)
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