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Smarter working made possible through engaging Cortex

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Smarter working made possible through engaging Cortex

New Zealand software company Sense Medical will be launching their ground-breaking application “Cortex” at the HINZ conference in Christchurch next week.

Cortex is an iPhone and iPad application designed by clinicians for clinicians, to improve the quality of patient care and the efficiency of hospital medical teams.

Dr. Alistair Rumball-Smith, Sense Medical’s Co-Founder and Clinical Lead, says the application is an innovative and exciting example of using mobile technology to help to eliminate inefficiencies within the health system.

“Cortex replaces the paper patient list used by doctors to track patient care tasks with a synchronised and secure electronic task management tool,” he says.

Dr Rumball-Smith says the application also provides bedside clinical note documentation, electronic ordering of diagnostic tests, notification of results availability, and then direct access to the results themselves.

“Traditional paper-based systems no longer fit in with the models of care required in the modern health system. Cortex frees up clinicians to spend more time doing what they do best, providing care.”

The application’s development has been a collaborative project with Canterbury District Health Board through their Via Innovations initiative that supports getting emerging health technology solutions into production. Although developed in Canterbury, Cortex is designed to be used in any hospital around the world.

Mr. Saxon Connor, General Surgeon, says it has transformed the General Surgical wards at Christchurch Hospital.

“Cortex has fundamentally changed our department for the better. We’re working smarter, quicker and more safely,” Mr Connor says.

“The whole clinical team is now always on the same page, and junior doctors can now spend more time looking after patients rather than on ‘paperwork’. It’s an incredible change and we’re excited to be at the forefront.”

The HiNZ Conference is New Zealand's premier event for health informatics being held in Christchurch for 4 days from October 19. This year's theme is COLLABORATE and the conference will attract a diverse group of around 800 delegates including clinicians, health sector managers, academics, educators, government, IT professionals and industry.

Further information about Cortex is available at


Background info:

Sense Medical was formed in 2010 to address the growing need for high quality iOS and web-based mobile applications for the health sector. The team is a combination of experienced clinicians, designers and developers, including New Zealand’s first iOS developer, Layton Duncan. Sense Medical develops world-class mobile applications to improve the capture, utilisation and communication of clinical information, ultimately increasing the quality of care for patients and the efficiency of health services.
Email contact for Sense Medical

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