A Peter Mac team combined with Melbourne app developers Production Media are behind an innovative app to improve the health and safety of surgical patients was recognised with the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Cancer Care at the Victorian Public Healthcare Service Awards recently.
Developed by Dr Kate Burbury, Dr Rani Chahal, Ms Marliese Alexander and Associate Professor Bernhard Riedel, Peter Mac’s STEP app is designed to reduce the risk of thromboembolism for all surgical patients by recommending the most appropriate preventative strategy for them.
Chief Executive Dale Fisher congratulated the winning team for their ingenuity and unwavering commitment to the health, safety and well-being of Peter Mac’s patients.
According to Associate Professor Bernhard Riedel: “Thromboembolism is an important preventable surgical complication and although particularly prevalent amongst cancer patients, this app is applicable for use by all doctors who care for patients undergoing surgical procedures”.
“It is designed to take a complex clinical scenario that includes surgical risk and patient risk and converts it to a simple, real-time risk-stratification and decision-making tool that meaningfully improves patient outcomes.”
The STEP app is currently available in the Apple iOS store and will be released shortly in the Google Android store.