Digital Health Engagement

David Silvera

David Silvera
Acting Team Leader
Digital Health Engagement

The team designs, implements and evaluates technologies that can be used by clinicians to improve workflow and enhance service delivery; and by individuals to support them in playing a proactive role in their health and well-being to meet short- or long-term lifestyle goals.

 

Our Science

We draw on expertise across Human-Computer Interaction, Personalisation & Recommender Systems, Persuasive Technology, Human-Robot Interaction, Affective Computing, Medicine, Neuroscience and Social Science to conduct whole spectrum studies from conception to evaluation. We use qualitative and quantitative methods to provide a strong evidence base from our participatory, user centric designs, clinical trials and evaluation frameworks.

Our challenges are how to design appropriate technologies and devices that have high levels of uptake and adherence to best enhance health self autonomy and service delivery.

Impact on the Health System
The team addresses the challenges to individuals, clinicians and society arising from chronic and acute physical and mental health conditions, and looks at measures to improve wellbeing to prevent the onset of disease.

Our Solutions
Through the use of platform technologies, stand alone apps, robotics, wearable devices and chat bots, the team works with all relevant stakeholders from design through trial, implementation and evaluation to provide solutions to facilitate the provision of equitable and economical health care.

Case Studies

 

Team Members:

Jill Freyne

David Silvera

Dana Bradford

Geremy Farr-Wharton

Jane Li

Sazzad Hussain

 

 

Janine Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Freyne – Team Leader
Senior Research Scientist with significant research experience in the development and validation of digital health services, lifestyle interventions, and recommender systems.
CSIRO Profile

David Silvera – Acting Team Leader
Acting Team Leader – Research Scientist working in the fields of digital health, human-computer interaction and human-robot interaction. His ongoing work contributes to the design, implementation and evaluation of digital technologies to improve the health and well being.
CSIRO Profile

Dana Bradford
Senior Research Scientist whose work predominantly centres on digital services for equitable healthcare through the development of technologies to assist with chronic illness, neurological conditions, ageing, genomic healthcare, mental health and well being for disadvantaged populations, Indigenous Australians and non English speaking patients.
CSIRO Profile

Geremy Farr-Wharton
Postdoctoral Researcher who has successfully coordinated and managed several research partnerships between industry and research institutions in recent years.
CSIRO Profile

Jane Li
Senior Experimental Scientist who has explored digital interventions and trials in a variety of areas including home telemonitoring, chronic diseases, orthopedic rehabilitation and operating theatre.
CSIRO Profile

Sazzad Hussain
Research scientist who has published in reputed journals & conferences with a progressive track of citations and received several prestigious awards.
CSIRO Profile

Janine Walker
Senior Research Scientist with experience in developing and and trialling novel interventions for improved physical and mental health outcomes in a range of clinical populations and ageing.

Publications

  1. Silvera-Tawil, D., Pocock, C., Bradford, D., Donnell, A., Harrap, K., Freyne, J., Brinkman, S. (2018). CALD Assist—Nursing: Improving communication in the absence of interpreters. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27:4168–4178.
  2. Ireland, D., Farr-Wharton, G., Bradford, D., Social Fringe Dwellers: Can chat-bots combat bullies to improve participation for children with autism?. The Journal of Community Informatics. 2018; 14(1):105-119
  3. Freyne, J., Bradford, D., Pocock, C., Silvera-Tawil, D., Harrap, K., Brinkman, S. (2018) ‘Developing digital facilitation of assessments in the absence of an interpreter: participatory design and evaluation with allied health groups’, JMIR Formative Research, vol. 2 (1):e1.
  4. Hendrie, G., Hussain, M. S., Brindal, E., James-Martin, G., Williams, G. (2018). VegEze Impact Report.
  5. van Kasteren, Y., Freyne, J., Hussain, M. S. (2018). Total Knee Replacement and the Effect of Technology on Cocreation for Improved Outcomes and Delivery: Qualitative Multi-Stakeholder Study. JMIR-Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(3):e95.
  6. Hussain, M. S., De-Rong, N. B., Freyne, J. (2017). Tune your sun right: persuasive app towards healthy & safe sun exposure. OzCHI 2017. 20 Nov – 01 Dec 2017. Brisbane, Australia
  7. Hussain, M. S., Li, J., Brindal, E., van Kasteren, Y., Varnfield, M., Reeson, A., Berkovsky, S., Freyne, J. (2017). Supporting the Delivery of Total Knee Replacements Care for Both Patients and Their Clinicians With a Mobile App and Web-Based Tool: Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. JMIR Research Protocols (IF 4.671), 6(3):e32. (citation: 5)
  8. Silvera-Tawil, D., Pocock, C., Bradford, D., Donnell, A., Freyne, J., Harrap, K., Brinkman, S. (2018). CALD Assist—Nursing: Improving communication with non-English speaking patients. Nursing Informatics Australia.
  9. Susan Bruck, David Silvera-Tawil & Dana Bradford. NAO Robot’s New Role – Teaching in the classroom. Autism In Education. 2018.
  10. Silvera-Tawil, D., & Roberts-Yates, C. Socially-Assistive Robots to Enhance Learning for Secondary Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. In Proc. International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2018.
  11. Silvera-Tawil, D., Roberts-Yates, C., & Bradford, D. (2018). Talk to me: The role of human-robot interaction in improving verbal communication skills in students with Autism or Intellectual Disability. In Proc. International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2018.
  12. James-Martin, G., Hendrie, G., Silvera Tawil, D., Freyne, J., Brindal, E. & Noakes, M. ‘The effectiveness of a pharmacy delivered meal replacement program with and without a supportive app’, APCCN, 2017.
  13. Smith,D., Sneddon, A., Ward, L., Duenser, A., Freyne, J., Morgan, A., Silvera-Tawil, D., & Dodd, B. ‘Improving Child Speech Disorder Screening by Incorporating Out-of-domain Adult Speech’, Interspeech, 2017.
  14. Brown, S.A., Silvera-Tawil, D., Gemeinboeck, P. & McGhee, J. ‘The Case for Conversation: A Design Research Framework for Participatory Feedback from Autistic Children’, OzCHI 2016.
  15. Huang, W., Li, J. & Alem, L. 2018, ‘Towards Preventative Healthcare: A Review of Wearable and Mobile Applications.’, Studies in health technology and informatics, IOS Press, vol. 251, pp. 11–4.
  16. Li, J. & Huang, W. 2018, ‘Designing Interaction and Guidance Technologies for Remote Consultations in Healthcare.’, Studies in health technology and informatics, IOS Press, vol. 251, pp. 245–8.
  17. Celler, B., Varnfield, M., Nepal, S., Sparks, R., Li, J. & Jayasena, R. 2017, ‘Impact of At-Home Telemonitoring on Health Services Expenditure and Hospital Admissions in Patients With Chronic Conditions: Before and After Control Intervention Analysis’, JMIR -Journal of Medical Internet Research (IF 4.671), vol. 5, no. 3. (citation: 8)
  18. Li, J., Zic, J., Oakes, N., Liu, D. & Wang, C. 2016, ‘Design and Evaluation of an Integrated Collaboration Platform for Secure Information Sharing’, International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering, Springer, pp. 185–93.
  19. Zic, J., Oakes, N., Liu, D., Li, J., Wang, C. & Chen, S. 2015, ‘A Secure Integrated Platform for Rapdily Formed Multiorganisation Collaborations’, The 10th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES), IEEE, pp. 642–51.
  20. Li, J., Alem, L., Varnfield, M. & Celler, B. 2014, ‘A study on the implementation of large-scale home telemonitoring service’, The 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing, ACM, pp. 193–6.
  21. Celler, B.G., Sparks, R., Nepal, S., Alem, L., Varnfield, M., Li, J., Jang-Jaccard, J., McBride, S.J. & Jayasena, R. 2014, ‘Design of a multi-site multi-state clinical trial of home monitoring of chronic disease in the community in Australia’, BMC public health (IF 3.039), vol. 14, no. 1, p. 1270. (citation: 20).
  22. Jang-Jaccard, J., Nepal, S., Alem, L. & Li, J. 2014, ‘Barriers for delivering telehealth in rural Australia: a review based on Australian trials and studies’, Telemedicine and e-Health (IF 2.165), vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 496–504. (citation: 37)
  23. Nepal, S., Li, J., Jang-Jaccard, J. & Alem, L. 2014, ‘A framework for telehealth program evaluation’, Telemedicine and e-Health (IF 2.165), vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 393–404. (citation: 19)