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Smartphone app for surgeons wins $100,000

Brisbane-based technology company wins $100,000 funding from the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund to develop smartphone app to help surgeons achieve better clinical outcomes by tracking their performance against other surgeons in the same field.

The company – SurgicalPerformance – has developed online auditing software that allows surgeons to record not only details of their surgical procedures but also important details of their patients’ state of health before the operation and how they fare afterwards.

The program is currently used by 600 gynaecological surgeons, mainly based in Australia, and each individual surgeon using the tool can see how their surgical performance compares against aggregated (and anonymous) data from all other surgeons on the system.

The smartphone app, called the ‘Surgeon Score Card’, is an extension of the existing online tool designed specifically to allow surgeons to inform patients about their surgical risks accurately ahead of any surgery, and so directly improve patient outcomes.

Professor Andreas Obermair, founder and managing director of SurgicalPerformance, and a practising gynaecological surgeon, says “The Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding allows my company to expand the existing functionality of SurgicalPerformance and help surgeons to further examine and improve their practices. Every surgeon, every hospital will tell you that they have excellent patient outcomes. However, sometimes they realise that they don’t actually know that for certain, because they don’t collect this detailed information. SurgicalPerformance shows surgeons and hospitals in accurate, clinically meaningful ways, and in total confidentiality, where they stand.”

Dr Cliff Neppe, Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Joondalup Health Campus in WA and user of SurgicalPerformance says “In any hospital you are subject to review, whether it be personal or peer. You want to be working at your optimum skill, and Surgical Performance is the perfect tool for this. At the end of the day Surgical Performance gives you an honest evaluation of how you are performing as an individual and also as a unit. I think – how could you not want to know that information?!”

QLD Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said that SurgicalPerformance would receive $100,000 Ignite Ideas funding to further develop its innovative surgical audit software,

“With this funding boost, the Queensland Government is helping to light the way towards the knowledge-based jobs of the future.” the Minister said.

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