Current Challenges

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Applications close:
24/04/2019
Funding (up to):
$185000

How might we incorporate the health outcomes that matter to patients into clinical practice?

Western Health

Patients are best placed to report how the care they receive affects the health outcomes that are meaningful to them.

Patient Reported Measures (PRM) are used to capturing outcomes that matter to patients, by the patients. This includes the patient’s perspective on how illness impacts their life, well-being and health. It also includes the patient’s experience and perception of their healthcare.

Incorporating PRMs into clinical practice is highly desirable as they:

  • Enhance clinician-patient communication
  • Improve the quality of care and clinical practice
  • Improve patient satisfaction
  • Guide safe and effective healthcare

It is challenging to routinely capture these measures for patients who access hospital services. Questionnaires are often sent in paper form to the patient’s home before their initial consultation but their completion rates are poor as patients forget or experience language difficulties. Capturing PRMs during clinical consultation is also time prohibitive.

This challenge creates an exciting opportunity for a startup to develop a digital solution that can capture and report PRMs to improve healthcare delivery.

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Applications close:
24/04/2019
Funding (up to):
$185000

How might we reduce hospital acquired complications?

St. Vincent's Health Australia

Australia has one of the best health systems in the world but things can go wrong. One in every nine patients who go into hospital in Australia suffer a complication – about 900,000 patients each year. If they stay in overnight, the figure rises to one in four – about 725,000 patients each year.

Hospital Acquired Complications (HACs) are adverse events experienced by patients in hospitals. There are 16 HACs as defined by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. HACs cause patients harm that is potentially preventable. They affect a patient's recovery and can result in a longer length of stay in hospital. They also use precious resources that could be spent treating other patients.

This challenge creates an exciting opportunity for a startup to create a solution to help predict which patients will develop which HACs in order to proactively predict and prevent the occurrence of HACs so that hospitals can reduce harm.

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Applications close:
24/04/2019
Funding (up to):
$185000

How might we better understand how Victorians use public transport?

Department of Transport

Victoria needs an integrated transport system to connect people to jobs, education, services and leisure activities. The state is growing and changing rapidly. By 2050, Melbourne will need to support an extra 10.4 million trips a day across all forms of transport. Meanwhile, regional Victoria’s population is set to double in 20 years.

Understanding how Victorians use public transport (train, tram and bus) is critical to meeting future demand. This can be used in a variety of ways such as planning new stations, safety and operational uses, customer information, and more.

Current public transport data sources are patchy with major drawbacks. There is scope to vastly improve the sourcing of:

  • Date and time of trips
  • Patronage numbers ie. quantity of trips
  • Origin and destination or trip/journey
  • Modes used to access public transport network
  • Use of amenities and infrastructure at stops/stations
  • Real time use

An exciting opportunity exists to improve knowledge of how people use public transport to support the future growth of Victoria.

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