​The final round of the Innovation Program 2018 proved a roaring success, with some of the strongest applications yet.

Five teams pitched for their chance of up to $50,000 to fund their idea – but there could only be one winner with Dr Kunwardeep Bhatia claiming

the crown.

Kunwardeep's Heart Team Tracker app wowed the crowd and the judging panel, leading to him being awarded $30,000 to take it to the next level.

Heart Team Tracker is a world first mobile app that helps multidisciplinary heart teams to coordinate patient care in real time.

"It's an honour to receive this opportunity from NSLHD to further our innovation in structural heart disease," Kunwardeep said.

He will now spend the next year enhancing his prototype the 'Heart Team Tracker' to increase the functionality and enable coordinated patient monitoring and follow-up.

Other successful projects included Amy Spears' 'New Sensations', which was awarded $11,000 while Dr Wade Stedman and Victoria

Whitfield were awarded almost $7000 for their project 'Life isn't what it used to be'.

Innovation manager Gyani Swift was thrilled with the results from round three and was already looking forward to next year.

"Round three of the innovation program was a huge success; we saw projects from across the District all aiming to improve patient care," she said.

"Applications are open for Round One 2019 and close on 30 January. Start thinking up your idea now."

 

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