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Solving the Need for Academic Electronic Health Record Systems in Nursing Education

Solving the Need for Academic Electronic Health Record Systems in Nursing Education

The Digital Healthcare Challenge on 7 October 2023, held at Launch Pad, Parramatta, was an inspiring and groundbreaking event that brought together the sharpest minds from various disciplines. With a total of 6 teams and participants from diverse academic backgrounds, it was a day filled with innovation, collaboration, and a shared vision for the future of interactive electronic health records to enhance preparation for practice in healthcare.

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It was heartening to see students taking part in this challenge from 7 schools at Western Sydney University: School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences, School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, School of Health Sciences, School of Business, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and the School of Law. This rich diversity in backgrounds added a unique dimension to the challenge, offering a holistic perspective on healthcare technology and its potential to impact society. 

The challenge was a hive of activity, with each team working tirelessly to address the challenge question that the Nursing students face as they train to go out to the workforce:  

“How do we digitise medical records so that they simulate what we will interact with in the workforce?”

The enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication of the participants were truly commendable and the solutions that they developed in such a short time were innovative. 

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Meet the teams and their amazing ideas they came up on the day:

1st Place Winner

Transforming Healthcare

This forward-thinking team embraced cloud-based technology to create a simulation lab. Their approach streamlines paper-based patient files into data-driven healthcare, reducing paperwork and improving efficiency. 

Runner Up

MedTech Mastery

Machine learning enthusiasts, MedTech Mastery focused on providing individualised feedback using advanced algorithms. Their solution promises to enhance patient care by ensuring that it remains up-to-date and tailored to the needs of each individual. 

People's Choice Award


With AUGMENTED REALITY at its core, this team developed an app aimed at improving patient care.  


They explored the use of SMART GLASSES to better integrate and interact with digital healthcare records, potentially enhancing the way healthcare professionals access patient information. 


This team leveraged AI and direct input from medical devices to provide valuable feedback and create realistic case scenarios.  

LAM Healthcare

Their mission was to create a single, comprehensive website for all patient data. By utilising AI feedback to collate data, they aim to streamline patient information, making it accessible and efficient for healthcare professionals. 

What makes this challenge even more special is the commitment to innovation fostered by Launch Pad, which has been extending its reach across various university departments to promote collaborative initiatives and multi-disciplinary approaches. Launch Pad’s initiative demonstrates its dedication to fuelling innovation and entrepreneurship among Western Sydney University students. 

The future of interactive electronic health records for practice in healthcare is in good hands, as these brilliant minds continue to push the boundaries of innovation and work towards improving patient care, healthcare records, and the overall healthcare experience. The Digital Healthcare Challenge served as a reminder that collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches are essential in transforming the healthcare landscape. 

We look forward to seeing how these groundbreaking ideas evolve and shape the future of health records technology. The most potential ideas will be further developed and implemented as a teaching tool for work-integrated learning at Western Sydney University’s School of Nursing & Midwifery. With potential support from Launch Pad, Western Ventures, Uniseed, etc., the winning idea can be commercialised to become an Australian leader in providing the solution across universities and hospitals. Stay tuned for more updates, and let’s continue to innovate for a healthier world! 

Click here for more details about the Digital Healthcare Challenge 2023