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Research and development

Queen’s University students win Agfa innovation prize

KINGSTON, Ont. – Queen’s University students Kayleigh Roberts and Ben Richards have won the 2009 Agfa HealthCare eHealth Innovation Award. Their prize includes a trip to Agfa HealthCare’s global headquarters in Belgium to pitch their proposal to the global HealthCare CEO and Executive Team.

Ms Roberts and Mr. Richards’ winning proposal, connecting expectant mothers to their personal electronic healthcare records that are housed on a community based online portal through mobile devices, enables women to track their own individual healthcare needs during pregnancy. This solution also creates efficiencies and increases effectiveness of delivering proactive care and monitoring wellbeing for expectant mothers.

“We’re very proud to win the Agfa HealthCare eHealth Innovation Award this year, because we see eHealth as such a critical element to improving the Canadian healthcare system,” said Ms Roberts. “To be offered the opportunity to contribute our ideas on how to better enable eHealth in Canada was an absolute thrill, and we’re looking forward to meeting with Agfa HealthCare executives in Belgium to discuss our proposal.”

The annual Agfa HealthCare eHealth Innovation Competition was created to provide Ontario students with the opportunity to help improve the quality of patient care, support the continuation and growth of Canada’s Health Informatics industry, and drive the advancement of healthcare IT solutions.

This year, 30 groups of university and college students from across Ontario were asked to submit proposals that answered the question, “How can IT enable the exchange of medical records and information among patients and healthcare providers in Canada?”

Posted April 8, 2010