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Technologies for Mobile applications and software

  • SIMPHARM - Would you like your students to interpret and experience the world as pharmacists do in a safe consequence-grounded environment?
  • TOXINZ – is the essential online poisons information database for all healthcare professionals and teaching professionals.
  • Flora Finder - identify common NZ native plants using the camera on your iPhone

SIMPHARM - Would you like your students to interpret and experience the world as pharmacists do in a safe consequence-grounded environment?

Synopsis: SimPharm is a web-based simulation platform that features a time-sensitive, persistent world where students take on the role of clinical pharmacists and are tasked to provide pharmaceutical care for their patients. It is a consequence-grounded, safe and relevant environment for students to learn about how drugs work (their actions; interactions) and decision making, including impetus for decisions, processes of making decisions and consequences of making decisions. It allows learners to ask specific questions of their patients, to order laboratory tests, to perform basic observations, to recommend new medicines or prescribe different doses, and to live through the consequences of their actions as pharmacists. SimPharm (Version I) is already being used for postgraduate teaching at the University of Otago and Version II is under development now. Prof Stephen Duffull

Department: School of Pharmacy, University of Otago (Professor Stephen Duffull).

Request A Demo of Version II: You can undertake a 30 day demo of Simpharm for your institution. Contact Graham Strong.

Simpharm video hospital version (MP4 - 419,551 KB)

Detailed specifications project summary-two page PDF

Key Contact: Graham Strong


TOXINZ – is the essential online poisons information database for all healthcare professionals and teaching professionals. TOXINZ logo

Synopsis: Developed over the past 50 years, the National Poisons Centre’s database, TOXINZ, has been widely used by New Zealand clinicians. Now it is gaining the respect of the international medical profession as well. The TOXINZ database, developed at the University of Otago, today contains more than 190,000 documents with comprehensive and up-to-date information on poisonous chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plants and animals. It is fully referenced, providing treatment pathways, brand names and combination products, removing the need for clinicians to identify individual ingredients and chemicals. It is also easily navigated and contains images to help with the identification of hazardous plants and animals. TOXINZ’s content is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week by poisons information staff, with updates made in real time as new information becomes available.

Department: National Poisons Centre (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine), Dunedin Campus

Commercial Opportunity: Subscriptions to TOXINZ are currently available

Detailed specifications project summary-one page PDF

Website: www.toxinz.com

Key Contacts: Pete Hodgson, Tracey Smith

Flora Finder - identify common NZ native plants using the camera on your iPhone

Synopsis: Flora Finder is an electronic field guide to help you identify some of the most common New Zealand native plants from photographs of their leaves.

Simply take a photograph of a native plant's leaf with your smart phone, and Flora Finder will:

  • Assist in identifying the plant for you
  • Provide you with a description of the plant
  • Provide you with beautiful images of parts of the plant
  • Pinpoint and map the location of where you've found your plant using the mapping feature
  • Add your photo to your own digital collection when you confirm your match

Flora Finder flyer and contact details here (1 page PDF)

Full story and App brief on University of Otago website page - URL