Innovation reigns supreme in this year’s Clinicians’ Challenge

Innovative digital solutions to improve health
care have won this year’s Clinicians’ Challenge.
Ministry of Health Chief Technology &
Digital Services Officer Ann-Marie
Cavanagh is pleased to see clinicians
continuing to push the boundaries of
healthcare through innovative thinking.
“This year’s winners of the Clinicians’
Challenge bring new ideas to solve existing
problems and improve productivity, resulting
in enhanced health care delivery,” says Ms Cavanagh.
The Clinicians’ Challenge is a joint initiative
by the Ministry of Health and Health
Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ).
Jillian Boniface and Dr Leanne Liggett from
the Southern District Health Board won the
top prize in the new idea category, for their
initiative to build an online immunisation
schedule catch-up calculator for New
Zealand. There were 17 other entries in the category.
Associate Professor Amanda Oakley and her
daughter Emily Oakley earned top marks in
the active project/development category for
their dermatological diagnosis website tool
initiative. There were 25 submissions in this category.
Both winners will receive $8,000 to continue
developing their initiatives. The awards were
presented during HiNZ conference in Rotorua.
The two runners-up who will each receive
$2,000 are:
New idea category: Dr Simon Thornley and
his team at Auckland Regional Public Health
Innovative digital solutions to improve health
care have won this year’s Clinicians’
Challenge.
Ministry of Health Chief Technology &
Digital Services Officer Ann-Marie
Cavanagh is pleased to see clinicians
continuing to push the boundaries of
healthcare through innovative thinking.
“This year’s winners of the Clinicians’
Challenge bring new ideas to solve existing
problems and improve productivity, resulting
in enhanced health care delivery,” says Ms
Cavanagh.
The Clinicians’ Challenge is a joint initiative
by the Ministry of Health and Health
Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ).
Jillian Boniface and Dr Leanne Liggett from
the Southern District Health Board won the
top prize in the new idea category, for their
initiative to build an online immunisation
schedule catch-up calculator for New
Zealand. There were 17 other entries in the
category.
Associate Professor Amanda Oakley and her
daughter Emily Oakley earned top marks in
the active project/development category for
their dermatological diagnosis website tool
initiative. There were 25 submissions in this
category.
Both winners will receive $8,000 to continue
developing their initiatives. The awards were
presented during HiNZ conference in
Rotorua.
The two runners-up who will each receive
$2,000 are:
New idea category: Dr Simon Thornley and
his team at Auckland Regional Public Health