NSW minister for health Jillian Skinner and minister for finance and services Greg Pearce launched a $20,000 apps4nsw competition on November 9, established to encourage the development of smartphone and tablet apps to improve the health system and patient outcomes.
"We are committed to working with industry and ICT developers to create new uses for government-held data to benefit the entire community and contribute to our local ICT industry," Mr Pearce said.
"The competition will help commercial app developers find innovative uses for new health data held by the NSW government."
Mr Pearce added that winners will be given backing from the government and industry to make their products 'market-ready', with the competition part of the NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012, which aims to use ICT to "transform service delivery in NSW".
Mrs Skinner said: "Embracing different ways of sharing information will not only empower patients by giving them a greater role in their own care but promises to build a better health system by enabling more collaboration."
The health minister said that other concepts for apps could include helping patients in their hospital stay, allowing them to order equipment and meals from a smartphone.
Entries to the competition close on November 30, with more information available from the apps4nsw website.
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