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Are you the brains behind Australia’s next big health app?

Are you the brains behind Australia’s next big health app?

Health visionaries are being called upon to submit their ideas for an app to improve how people manage their own health, or how healthcare is delivered across the country.

Australia’s peak body for e-health and health informatics, the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), has been joined by Bupa to urge Australians to enter the 2013 HISA Health Apps Challenge before entries close on Friday 21 June.

Bupa’s Head of Clinical Advisory, Dr Stan Goldstein, said the Challenge was a perfect opportunity to continue Bupa’s focus on delivering innovative responses to healthcare.

“Digital health may well be the biggest contemporary reform to the way people access and manage healthcare in Australia,” said Dr Goldstein.

“Bupa is intent on being a major player in this reformation, as demonstrated through initiatives such as our FoodSwitch and Bupa Health Foundation’s BrainyApp.”

Dr Goldstein went on to say that Bupa’s partnership with HISA was the perfect opportunity to bring some of Australia's best minds on this exploration of what’s possible.

“There is so much potential for accessible, useful and even motivating health content with today’s technology; this is why we are supporting a challenge to explore what health benefits can come from advancements in the digital realm.”

Entrants in The Health Apps Challenge have the opportunity to address one of five categories of challenges in healthcare: mental health, oncology, indigenous health, chronic disease management or the personally controlled electronic health record system (PCEHR).

Entries can be from an individual or a team, and must be submitted via a video and through an online competition form before Friday 21 June. The first prize winner will receive $8,000, entry to Australia’s Health Informatics Conference, and the opportunity to have the app commercially developed. The second and third prize winners will receive $4,000 and $1,000 respectively.

For more information about the terms and conditions, visit www.hisa.org.au/AppsChallenge2013

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About Bupa Australia and New Zealand
Bupa Australia and New Zealand’s purpose is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. It provides health insurance, aged care and related services and complementary healthcare services through Bupa Care Services, Bupa Health Dialog, Bupa Wellness, Blink Optical and Dental Corporation. Bupa focuses on providing sustainable healthcare solutions that represent real value, and on leading the industry in the promotion of preventive health and wellness. Bupa’s Australian and New Zealand businesses are part of the international Bupa Group, which cares for more than 13 million people in over 190 countries.