In 2020, and on the backdrop of COVID-19, the Australian Digital Health Agency held the first Innovation Challenge. A chance for Australian industry and academia to share ideas and solve key healthcare challenges. To put forward digital tools that will help improve the quality of healthcare services for Australians. Nearly 400 applications were received, and 5 were awarded. The winning entrants enable delivery of care in new ways, improve health outcomes, strengthen responses to health emergencies and accelerate digital health into the future.
About the winner
Allergy Pal by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is an electronic record of a child’s ASCIA allergy plan. The app provides access to a child's allergy plan, interactive guidance on how to manage allergic reactions in an emergency and a way for parents to leave individualised instructions on their preferred approach to allergen avoidance. The app also has a share function, enabling parents to give other carers direct access to all of the features of Allergy Pal when leaving their child with friends and family.