1) Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I am Milan Vaghasiya, a PhD student from the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney. Prior to pursuing my doctoral studies, I spent over a decade working at the Westmead Emergency Department, one of the busiest emergency departments in Australia. During my time there, I conducted various research projects aimed at improving patient care and organisational efficiency. My studies at the University of New South Wales, where I earned my Masters in Health Management and Masters in Public Health, equipped me with the skills needed to succeed as a clinical researcher in health management. As digitisation began to take place in hospitals, I got the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest minds in our health system and advanced my interest in digital health. This led me to study the implementation and adoption of Electronic Medication Management System. My interest in digital health also led me to work as a Clinical Reference Lead (CRL) for “My Health Record” – a national digital health record system managed by Australian Digital Health Agency.
2) What is the focus of your research?
My research focuses on the systematic evaluation of the implementation and adoption of Electronic Medication Management System in a hospital-wide setting, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
3) What are the real-world implications of your research?
I investigate both the benefits and challenges of using Electronic Medication Management System. By systematically evaluating the Electronic Medication Management System, I aim to improve clinicians’ satisfaction using the system, which can have a positive impact on patient safety. The findings from my research can help healthcare organisations make informed decisions about the implementation and adoption of Electronic Medication Management System, which can improve the quality of care for patients.
4) How would you define digital health?
To me, digital health represents an opportunity to address some of the longstanding challenges that our health system faces, such as providing safe, accessible, and equitable care to consumers. By leveraging digital technologies and innovative approaches, we can improve healthcare outcomes, reduce costs, and ultimately enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities. Digital health has the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered, making it more patient-centric and efficient.
5). Do you have any resources or links you would like to share?
I have found the following resources to be particularly helpful in staying up-to-date with developments in digital health:
Pulse IT: https://www.pulseit.news/category/pulseit-blog/
Smart Brief at AMIA: https://www.smartbrief.com/rest/sign-up/FCE90269-079A-4211-B3E0-85FCEDCFBE17?campaign=af68923&pageName=TELLMEMORE
You can reach Milan at email@example.com or connect with him on Twitter @MilanVa_ or on linkedin at linkedin.com/in/milan-vaghasiya-4195b1121
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