Research Programme

Research Programme at AEHRC

High quality, applied research that aims to improve the quality & safety of health care.

 
The AEHRC programme of work brings together industry, science, clinical and community collaboration delivering cutting edge research outcomes to drive quality healthcare in the digital world.

As the programme matures, AEHRC projects and solutions are grouped around three streams of research – data, diagnosis and services:

Data

Transforming health systems with e-health records and productivity tools to improve decision support, reporting, operational efficiency and resource management.

The increasing need to share data between individual health practitioners, health care provider organisations and state/territory health departments is one of our health systems greatest challenges. Yet the sharing of this data has the greatest ability to improve health outcomes and improve the efficiency of the whole health system.

Our Health Informatics research develops and applies innovative tools and techniques for evidence-based solutions and strategies to support improved health outcomes. Our goal is to unleash the value in health data, including both electronic health records and administrative data sets, to improve patient outcomes and health system performance & productivity.

Our Patient Admission Prediction Tool (PAPT) is an example of how the use of routinely collected administrative data can be used to forecast demand for services within the emergency department and admission to the main hospital. PAPT is now used to make Queensland Hospitals more efficient.

Our clinical terminology tools, which enable the use of the global standard, SNOMED CT, are now being used around Australia and internationally to enable interoperability between clinical information systems.

Diagnosis

Gaining new insights from biomedical information with support tools and software for clinical decision making.

Healthcare is also under going a revolution in the personalisation of diagnosis and treatment through the use of genomic and biomedical imaging data. This information can ensure that the diagnosis is precise the treatment appropriate to reduce unnecessary treatment and improve outcomes.

Our Biomedical Informatics research develops innovative medical technologies for the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in biomedical data. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information such as medical images or genomics, these technologies rely on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming, and applied mathematics. Our research also develops techniques to report and visualize complex biomedical information for clinical diagnosis and screening and to communicate insights to clinicians and clinical researchers.

Services

Improving access for all Australians to health services through broadband and mobile communications.

The Health Services group delivers innovative technology to address and translate health services to overcome the burden being placed by chronic disease and aged care. Our expertise includes mobile technology, home monitoring, telemedicine in rural and remote areas, wellbeing and behaviour change.

We are trialling a number of technologies to improve health services to urban, rural and remote Australians.
- Our Mobile Technology Enabled Rehabilitation technology has recently completed a Randomsied Controlled Trial for Cardiac Rehabilitation (see next page).
- Our store and forward tele-health system, Remote-I, was recently used in a trial of the NBN satellite to provide tele-ophthalmology services to the rural Western Australia and the Torries Strait.