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CQUni to play part in innovative health app

CQUni to play part in innovative health app

Published:11 February 2016

CQUniversity’s Lecturer in Engineering Brendan Donnelly and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region) Professor Pierre Viljoen with Elizabeth McIntosh, Dr John McIntosh and Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert.

CQUniversity is partnering with local GP Dr John McIntosh to develop technology that will streamline check-in processes for patients at medical clinics, and potentially save waiting times via an app on a mobile phone or tablet.

A $50,000 Advance Queensland Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) grant to fund the innovation was announced by Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch in Mackay this week.

Dr McIntosh already uses an app for patients at his Rural View clinic however the grant will allow for employment of a CQUniversity postgraduate student with coding skills to enhance and expand functionality of the existing app and develop a program to allow other medical practices to benefit.

The Director of the Mackay GP Superclinic said patients who use the app will be able to complete the registration process on their mobile phone or tablet prior to arrival at the clinic, avoiding the need to fill out forms which may add to the waiting time. He said the new functionality would enhance practice management systems and provide a means for a medical clinic anywhere to download patient details directly into their software.

“At the present time the process of acquiring patient information involves completing paper forms and then manually inputting the data into the medical practice’s software,” he said.

“I think clinics throughout Queensland, Australia, and potentially the world, will recognise the inherent time savings and efficiency gains associated with this innovation.”

CQUniversity Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Campuses & Mackay-Whitsunday Region) Professor Pierre Viljoen said the existing technology was a great example of innovation that takes place in regional areas.

“CQUniversity is pleased to be taking part in this project and I believe it shows how our engagement with local business and communities leads to broader social innovation.”

“It’s a win for education, healthcare and the community and proves regional areas are making strong contributions to innovation in Australia.”

Minister Enoch applauded the concept and supported the partnership.

“This is a simple idea with universal appeal that could be the start of a new business with global reach,” she said.

It is expected that the technology will be developed and ready for deployment within 12 months.