Australian health technology platform wins top award in Silicon Valley

Posted: 2014-09-29 in Press Releases

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MEDIA RELEASE 29 September 2014

Australian health technology platform wins top award in Silicon Valley

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Melbourne-based digital health company, Curve Tomorrow, have taken out first place at in the Launch! session at the Annual Fall Health 2.0 conference in Silicon Valley, California.

It is the first time an Australian organisation has won the Health 2.0 Launch! Session.

The winning technology, SONNY Movement, is an assessment and rehabilitation platform targeted at children with brain injury and movement disorders.  SONNY Movement aims to improve accessibility to healthcare and health outcomes for children, while also streamlining assessment.

SONNY Movement incorporates the latest technology and trends including gesture control, cloud and social gaming, allowing the efficient automated capture of more accurate movement measurements, helping inform the most appropriate rehabilitation program.

Murdoch Childrens researcher, Jane Galvin, says being able to assess children using SONNY movement allows for a more streamlined, accurate and efficient process while also being fun and engaging for the kids.

“A therapist will be able to log onto the system and see what tasks are working for the child and what areas the child needs to develop. Setting achievable milestones may sound like a small thing, but for children who are recovering from an illness or accident, accomplishing small milestones throughout their recovery can make all the difference and keep them motivated.”

Mohinder Jaimangal, a Director of Curve Tomorrow, explained that SONNY Movement provides a gamified experience using 3D cameras to improve engagement and accuracy in rehabilitation.

“The 3D camera allows us to analyse movement of the child remotely in real time. By recording these movements as they happen we can collect accurate data that aids their rehabilitation” Mohinder said “Sonny presents a unique opportunity to really change the lives of millions of children around the world”.

The Health 2.0 conference brings together the best minds in the digital health industry. The Launch! session announces the very latest innovations in health technology with 10 companies presenting their technology in 3.5-minute demos. Previous Launch! winners include Castlight Health, Basis, and OM*Signal; all have gone on to receive significant investment.

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Media contact:
Simone Myers, Murdoch Childrens – simone.myers@mcri.edu.au (03) 8341 6433 or 0407 852 335

Available for interview:
Researcher, Jane Galvin
Curve Tomorrow, Director, Sanji Kanagalingam, 0468 785 690 and Mohinder Jaimangal