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Top Health Award from iAwards Goes to Okee with Medical Imaging App

September 08, 2015

The iAwards honors companies which are at the cutting edge of technology innovation. They recognize the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. The key goal of the iAwards is to discover, recognize and reward the information and communications technology (ICT) innovations that are already having a positive impact on the community.

In addition companies that have the potential for having a future impact down the road are also honored. The iAwards are judged by the ICT industry, for the industry and provide achievements with public recognition that extends across the ICT sector to government, community and beyond.

If you look at it from their perspective, there are probably very few things that are as frightening to a child as having to go to the hospital. The sights, sounds and smell can be quite overwhelming to children. That is what makes this year’s overall health category iAwards winner special.

Top honors went to an app called Okee in Medical Imaging, which is something that can possibly ease the tension of bringing your child to the hospital for a medical imaging appointment. Basically, the app uses games and videos as a way of showing children what is involved and what they will be going through for medical images.

The company hopes that through the use of games, along with the information in their app, that families and their kids will feel more comfortable with the process as they go through their appointment. In addition the kids should also have a lot of fun with the app’s characters.

It is important for hospitals to maintain their inventory, which is not an easy task. BloodNet is a web-based system that allows hospital laboratories to order blood supplies from the Red Cross Blood Service, keep track of their inventory managing their supplies efficiently. The National Blood Authority's BloodNet system received a 100 percent approval rating from end-users when it was first introduced and it also received the iAwards’ top honors in the government category.

NICTA (previously known as National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence. Coviu is an emerging NICTA start-up company whose digital service delivery platforms replace awkward video conferencing systems with multi-party, feature rich video collaboration using standard consumer hardware to deliver government, health and education services. The platform is highlighted by extensive WebRTC research.

Coviu’s WebRTC-based digital services delivery platform won the regional inclusion and community award. Speech pathologists, psychologists, dieticians, accountants and lawyers are just some of the various groups that use Coviu’s services. Currently, Coviu's technology is being used to provide speech therapy to children in rural areas of New South Wales (NSW).

These are just a few of the companies that were recognized by iAwards as delivering products and platforms that were at the top of their field. As you can see, this year featured several products that are geared toward children. Whether it be easing the fear of a medical procedure through the use of games and videos, or providing speech therapy to children, these are innovations that help the entire family and deserve being honored.

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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