The Open Medicine Project South Africa’s (TOMPSA) Mobile Triage App has won the Big Impact Award during the 9th edition of the Mobile Premier Awards, which was held on 2nd March 2015 in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress, the biggest conference on Mobile Technology in the world.
The Mobile Premier Awards is the largest global cross‐platform app showcase and competition in the mobile industry, providing a point of reference for the start-up and app community. The Mobile Premier Awards featured winning apps from AppCircus events and challenges from 2014, which saw 460 apps from around the world taking part in on-stage pitching competitions throughout the year.
The Mobile Triage App won the African AppCircus challenge at Mobile Web Africa 2014, and qualified for the finals in Barcelona this year, wherein 16 finalist apps competed and were judged by a panel consisting of experts from Intel, Google and Amazon.
The Mobile Premier Awards grants three accolades for the Overall Top app, Audience Award as well as the Big Impact Award. The Mobile Triage App won the Big Impact Award as the app with the most impact potential. As a result, the app was showcased live on the National Spanish Television Channel, BTV.
TOMPSA has produced a number of eHealth apps which are used by over 30,000 healthcare providers around the world. The Mobile Triage App is based on the South African Triage Scale (SATS), which is also used in many countries throughout the world, as it is a triage score designed for low-resource settings.
The Mobile Triage App allows healthcare workers to perform triage accurately, efficiently and safely by facilitating the identification of danger signs and symptoms, and colour codes patients according to priority as green, yellow, orange or red. Additional features of the app enable the calculation of Emergency Drug dosages for children requiring resuscitation, as well as the shock-index, as an early indicator of shock in patients. The app is also enabled to generate important data on patient numbers, demographics and acuities.