Surgical Innovation Takes Top Prize

The grand prize winner of the 2015 Innovation DHB competition was Dr Aneesh Kumar, with his idea for a re-designed ENT device used during surgery. Dr Kumar’s proposed new design could result in improvements for patient comfort, better patient outcomes and less time in theatre.

If you think this all sounds too good to be true and it couldn’t possibly result in a working device, last year’s winner Mike Perry, updated everyone on the progress of his redesigned positive expiratory pressure device (PEP), which has now reached the prototype stage. Mike hopes to begin trialing the device with patients early next year and physiotherapists from across Australia and New Zealand have expressed their interest in the innovation.

Two highly commended awards were also handed out. The first went to pediatrician, Dr Nathalie de Vries for a smartphone app to help parents with children in the Neonatal Unit and the second to Occupational Health Physician Dr Moazzam Zaidi for an app that allows clinicians who are off work with dermatitis to be assessed remotely, saving them a visit to a hospital clinic and letting them get back to work faster.

The other winner of the night was Whitney Gresham who won an Apple Watch, sponsored by Orion Health, as part of the draw for those who entered the competition.