Shark tank student pitches set the scene for health tech
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University of Sydney students pitch their ideas for a health tech future to a panel of experts.

University of Sydney students pitched their ideas for our health tech future in a Shark Tank-style workshop at Westmead Hospital last week.

The students are participating in the pilot subject, Industry and Community Project Units, collaborating from a variety of disciplines to tackle challenges and prepare for careers of the future.

Groups pitched their ideas for how emerging technologies could impact the future health workforce to a panel of experts, including Leena Singh, executive director of the Westmead Redevelopment; Health Infrastructure project director Matt Vizard; and staff from the University of Sydney, Western Sydney Local Health District and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Leena said: “I’m very impressed with the calibre of students and the ideas they have pitched to us today.
“Our young students are the future of the health workforce. They need to be at the forefront, helping us design health facilities and services, and this subject is an opportunity for them to do that.

“Today was an important touch point for them to practice pitching, gain feedback, and go back to further develop their ideas. I look forward to seeing their final outcomes.” 

Ideas included methods to improve communication and sharing patient information between health practitioners; implementation of digital applications to improve effectiveness and efficiency in health workforce planning, and the potential to develop virtual assistants to improve health outcomes and experience of care for vulnerable populations. 

Matt Vizard said: “it was exciting to hear about the students’ ideas and practical applications for technology in the future health workforce. 

“Their thinking was aligned with real design issues we regularly face. If we can be ready and harness technology to improve planning in that space, it will directly impact patient experience, and that’s ultimately what we’re all here for.”

The students will present their outcomes on Friday, 8 June 2018. All Westmead affiliates are welcome to attend.

Related Information

Click here to read more about the Westmead Redevelopment student project

Click here for more information on the subject. 

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