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NSW Health data put to the test at national event

2 December 2022

How data is used to support clinical practice and health policy decisions took centre stage recently at the intelliHQ and ANZICS Core Critical Care Datathon.

Researchers, clinicians and data scientists came together in teams from across the country to compete against each other via a range of data tools.

Over two days, NSW Health teams used data from eHealth NSW's Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC) system to plan their five-minute pitch.

The top two winning teams for NSW were ‘Syd_09’ and ‘Hyperthermic Headbangers’. These teams then proceeded to present at the national pitch night.

Team ‘Syd_09’ took out the national title of first place on the night, while Team ‘Hyperthermic Headbangers’ earned a spot as joint runners up with the Victorian team ‘There won’t be blood’.

According to Nhi Nguyen, Clinical Director, Intensive Care NSW at the Agency for Clinical Innovation, these kinds of events offer an opportunity to use local data to improve clinical practice.

"At previous Datathon events, clinicians used data from international health organisations. This is the first time that such a large volume of local data has been pulled together”, Nhi Nguyen said.

“We are so happy we had such a successful outcome by using eRIC. It’s proving our system to be the winner."

eRIC is currently used in 26 Adult ICUs (Intensive Care Units) and five NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) across NSW. It aims to improve the safety and quality of care offered to critically ill patients by providing digital access to clinical information, accessible from anywhere in the ICU. This means that clinicians and nurses can focus on patient care instead of deciphering and inputting paper documents. Learn more about eRIC and the roll out across NSW.

The ANZICS Core Critical Care Datathon is held yearly across the country. Entries are open to physicians, nurses, allied health, data scientists, data engineers, software engineers, academics and students.

Screen grabs of the winners of the Datathon 2022
Pictured left to right: SYD_09, There Won't Be Blood, Hyperthermic Headbangers

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