Applications for federal government’s digital health Innovation Challenge to close soon

By Shannon Jenkins

Wednesday May 6, 2020


The Australian Digital Health Agency has called on local businesses to take part in a competition to solve key problems currently facing the health system and the wider community.

Applications for the Innovation Challenge close at 11.59pm, May 10.

The ADHA has encouraged businesses from across the digital health, engineering, and biomedical industries to participate in order to support the national coronavirus response effort.

“We are looking for digital health solutions that will enable delivery of care in new ways, improve health outcomes, strengthen responses to health emergencies and accelerate digital health into the future,” it said.

Successful applicants would receive funding of up to $50,000 to help demonstrate, develop, and implement their solution alongside the ADHA.

The challenge broadly covers three key themes: digital clinical care, digital social care, and digital health population management and future preparedness.

Australian businesses must have the capacity to deliver their proposed solution in order to compete. They also need to have the resources and capabilities required to design, develop, and deliver a digital healthcare solution at scale.

The solution must be feasible, and have the potential to deliver impact in one or more of the challenge themes.

The ADHA wants to see solutions that are facing barriers to scale. The agency said it would work with a small number of businesses that require specific support in areas such as:

  • Navigating government policy and regulation,
  • Facilitating partnerships across the health and digital health ecosystem,
  • Exploring data and systems integrations,
  • Funding support to develop a solution, and implementation plans.

The federal government aims to support Australia’s innovators to solve pressing problems in new ways, according to ADHA chief digital officer Steven Issa.

“By running an Innovation Challenge we will uncover the most innovative ideas at a time we need them most. The Innovation Challenge will also support Australia’s digital economy now so that it can continue to excel into the future,” he said.

“We know that collaborating with creative thinkers will not only enhance how we, as a nation, respond to this health emergency, it will also prepare us for future ones, helping to mitigate risk, improve health outcomes and most importantly, save lives.”

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