Open data behind WA hospital waiting times app

 at ZDNet: “Patients seeking urgent medical care in Perth can now view emergency waiting times for local hospitals, thanks to a new app developed in Australia.

The app, WA Emergency Waiting Times, uses existing Perth hospital emergency wait time data, and taps into mobile device geolocation, local maps, and traffic data to give people needing to go to the hospital in a non life-threatening emergency an aggregated travel and wait time.

The team behind the app, Sydney-based Readify, said the idea came in response to the concept of using open and cross-departmental data to benefit its citizens.

Readify said using government open data in smart ways was an initiative the government chief information officer (GCIO) Giles Nunis committed to previously, in a bid to demonstrate that innovation can greatly benefit the public without costing a fortune….(More)”