Student app contest winner awarded $10,000 at star-studded event
BRAMPTON, ON and ETOBICOKE, ON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Atinderpal (Atinder) Singh Multani can tell others to "Kiss My App" after winning William Osler Health System's (Osler) national student app contest and receiving $10,000 for his mobile app focused on improving the patient experience at the hospital.
Click here for a video overview of the event and the winning app.
Osler hosted the Kiss My App awards where Atinder's app, HosNav, was unveiled before a standing-room only crowd in Brampton Civic Hospital's Atrium. Evan Hadfield, the man behind his father's (Chris Hadfield) astronomical social media campaign; and Marc Saltzman, tech expert and host of Gear Guide were on hand to host and speak at the event, and helped to announce the winning app.
Slated for launch in a few months' time, HosNav's approach to wayfinding and diagnostic imaging prep will help to transform the Osler hospital experience by providing better, more personalized service for patients and families.
"We have been completely blown away by the ingenuity and out-of-the box thinking demonstrated by our student teams, and the creativity in how they have presented their ideas throughout this competition," said Matthew Anderson, Osler President and CEO. "These students have different educational backgrounds, but they all have a single passion for improving health care."
"Atinder's HosNav app will be a tremendous help to the thousands of patients and families that come through our doors each and every day," he added. "We are looking forward to working with him in the time ahead to make it available to our community."
One of the first contests of its kind in Canada, Osler launched Kiss My App in September 2013 and challenged undergraduate students to come up with innovative ways to identify and address what they see as perceived issues in health care through the development of a mobile app. Four finalist teams were in the running for the top prize.
The prize money is donated by Osler's Student Volunteer Youth Committee, which is a group of passionate young leaders committed to improving Osler's hospitals by raising funds for equipment and providing student bursaries.
"We are thrilled to be involved with Kiss My App," said Yamna Ali, President of Osler's Student Volunteer Youth Committee. "To be able to support this contest and an idea that will help improve the patient experience at this hospital is an honour, and something our Committee can proudly stand beside."
ABOUT WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM: William Osler Health System is a hospital system 'Accredited with Exemplary Standing' that serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities within the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Osler's emergency departments are among the busiest in Ontario and its labour and delivery program is one of the largest in the province. William Osler Health System Foundation builds and fosters relationships in order to raise funds to support William Osler Health System's capital, education and research priorities at Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health & Wellness.
SOURCE: William Osler Health System Foundation
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