Update provided by Dr Anna Janssen
This year looks set to be filled with lots of exciting collaborations between the University of Sydney and the Digital Health CRC. After two years in partnership The University of Sydney and the Centre have already supported a number of large scale research projects that are set to transform the Australian healthcare sector into the future. These projects included Engagement and Behavior modification of patients with Atrial Fibrillation for improved health outcomes led by Professor Clara Chow Director of the Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) and The Pandemic Imperative: Clinical Data and Analytics Platform to improve clinical outcomes through point-of-care decision support led by Professor Thomas Snelling Director of the School of Public Health’s Health and Clinical Analytics Team.
The University of Sydney Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Duncan Ivison, shared his vision for the collaboration in 2021. Emphasising the importance of multidisciplinary engagement, he said:
“If 2020 taught us anything it’s that we need to deepen our research and collaboration around digital health. And our partnership with the DHCRC offers the University of Sydney an amazing array of industry and community partners to do so. We’re off to a good start – with important projects being led by some of our leading researchers in medicine and health – but I am hoping to see even deeper multidisciplinary engagement that brings our researchers across Medicine and Health, Science, Engineering and others together with our Multidisciplinary Initiatives to work with the CRC to deliver even greater outcomes in 2021.” – Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
There are a number of exciting University of Sydney projects funded through the Digital Health CRC that will be kicking-off in 2021. Major projects include collaborations around applying Artificial Intelligence to support early identification and management of health issues in rural and remote communities, the use of clinical decision support to improve care processes in tertiary healthcare organisations and an extension of work being undertaken in the Practice Analytics field to explore emerging research questions.
In addition to the exciting research projects kicking off in 2021, The University of Sydney has established an expert panel to help streamline the approval of Digital Health CRC projects and support researchers in getting industry funding for their proposals. The University of Sydney and Digital Health CRC Steering Panel consists of representatives from The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and is chaired by the University of Sydney’s Knowledge Hub. More information on the Committee and the process for having University of Sydney projects funded through the Digital Health CRC will be provided in future Digital Health and Informatics Network updates.