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One year ago, eHealth NSW, HealthShare NSW, Health Infrastructure and NSW Health Pathology (NSWHP) partnered to create a facility that allows you to prototype and test ideas before they can be turned into real-world solutions.
Celebrating its first anniversary in August 2023, the Health Prototyping Centre (HPC), is a dedicated space where clinicians, system experts and consumers can collaborate to trial new innovations.
It’s the perfect space to experiment with novel concepts, explore possibilities and rapidly test ideas and designs to learn if a concept works or not, before bringing it to life. These health prototypes can be as simple as exploring new technology or designing a state-of-the-art pathology laboratory.
Martin Canova, NSWHP Director Strategy & Transformation and Acting Director Clinical Operations, reflected on the one year anniversary, sharing “I am immensely proud to have established the HPC with our partners. This visionary initiative is testament to our unwavering commitment to advancing healthcare innovation.”
“With this centre, we are shaping the future of patient care, diagnostics and service delivery. We are empowering our dedicated teams to collaborate, ideate and bring revolutionary solutions to life. Together, we are propelling healthcare forward to foster a healthier and brighter tomorrow for our communities,” he said.
In the HPC’s first year, 25 projects were run through the centre, outperforming the original goal of ten projects. NSW Health Pathology completed five projects in the HPC. Two of these projects involved prototyping the layout of our Blacktown and Westmead pathology laboratories, with another currently in flight and more expected in the years to come.
“Prototyping our pathology labs before they’re built allows us to find out what will and won’t work before costly and definite final installation,” said Dr Alex Garrett, Service Designer at NSW Health Pathology.
“It’s much easier to explore and design our lab layouts when the instruments are made from cardboard instead of hundreds or thousands of kilos of real equipment with specialised utilities requirements. The process also allows our staff to contribute to the design of their lab and experience what the future of their workplace and workflows could look like at full scale.”
The HPC provides the perfect space for NSWHP to test emerging technologies, like an augmented reality (AR) headset to enable telepathology (practicing pathology from a distance), and to examine current challenges for service delivery and pain points for staff working in anatomical pathology.
“It’s been a great experience to learn and explore how new technologies can be integrated into the profession of anatomical pathology,” said Raviteja Kannekanti, Anatomical Pathology Trainee at NSWHP.
“It’s exciting to consider how current processes can be enhanced, so that we can continue to improve our services for the people of NSW.”
Want to get a closer look at this innovative and collaborative space? Journey through the HPC by watching our virtual tour video.