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Date: 27 Jul 2012
MELBOURNE – 27 July 2012 – NEC Australia, a leading ICT solutions and services company, has taken out two prestigious Australian business awards for an innovative intelligence and collaboration platform for the education market and an iPad-supported ambulance electronic patient record system.
Ultranet, NEC's modular collaboration, analytics and business intelligence platform for the global education market, has won the Victorian Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) 2012 State iAward as the most innovative solution in the e-learning category.
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) adopted the system in 2010, which has now been deployed to 1,555 Victorian public schools and currently supports 400,000 registered users.
The platform enables innovation in the delivery of education by taking a data-driven network approach to learning and teaching that encourages more focused engagement between students, teachers and parents in a secured online environment. The unique system developed and owned by NEC Australia, provides each of these groups powerful tools to develop a deeper understanding of students' individual academic performance, needs and progress during their school lifetime.
The department's enterprise internet offers teachers, students and parents a web-based platform that allows participants to collaborate, communicate and share knowledge. The analytics and business intelligence platforms provide teachers a snapshot of each student’s learning requirements and performance over time, helping them create personalised lesson plans. The end-to-end online education solution provides the tools for real-time student feedback and collaborative learning amongst students, and facilitates the integration of web-based resources into everyday lessons. NEC Australia was awarded Western Australia’s 2012 State iAward for an iPad-based electronic patient care record (ePCR) system that has transformed St John Ambulance WA’s patient record data capture and management processes in Perth.
Accurate, consistent and real-time transmission of patient records are critical to the ambulance service’s central unit, which rely on the integrity of those records for immediate response and continuity of care after a patient moves to care centres or hospitals.
Ambulance officers are now using the iPad touch-based application to minimise the time between capture and transmission, supported by an efficient interface that is easy to use in field conditions. Patient record data can be immediately transmitted to St John Ambulance WA’s central service, ensuring that staff can have a real time view of its patient record database. The queuing system built into the application to support message consistency under constrained network conditions.
User experience was crucial to the development of the iPad application. To ensure strong and rapid uptake, NEC Australia took an agile and iterative approach during the development of the application, using project representative feedback to guide the product’s development in the lead up to its deployment.
The innovative use of the iPad, integration into wider ePCR system processes and its stable deployment has not only delivered improvements to St John Ambulance WA, but also made it a leader in health service innovation. St John Ambulance WA is now planning to expand the deployment of the application to the state's regional locations, and adapt the application for other devices.
Alan Hyde, Managing Director of NEC Australia states; “NEC is very excited about winning two prestigious state iAwards with the AIIA. We are proud of these leading edge applications which are making a significant contribution to society as well as demonstrating the talent and innovation of our employees.”
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