CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) has collaborated with the University of Queensland School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) to introduce a Digital Health course for ITEE students to learn about the healthcare system and health data standards.
The Digital Health course finished its 3rd year in November 2020 with over 30 students undertaking the course.
During the course the students form into teams to develop a “SMART on FHIR” app that aims to provide a clinical mentor with a prototype app to meet their requirements. SMART on FHIR is a standard used increasingly in healthcare for building apps that work within a variety of Electronic Medical Records to provide clinical decision support and other targeted information. FHIR, or Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resources, is a standard which supports data interoperability between health records and with other clinical data software.
In 2020 the students developed apps for clinical mentors from the University of Queensland Medical School – for use by medical students within the Case Based Learning program. These apps use the FHIR standard – which is also used by many large hospital EHR systems – and services such as CSIRO’s FHIR terminology server, Ontoserver, to capture coded clinical data.
To demonstrate the functionality of the apps the students recorded these videos about 2 of the apps they developed.
The first is an app called DIAGNOSYS, which supports medical students in developing and refining differential diagnoses and then reaching a diagnosis based on information in each case of the Case Based Learning program.
The second app is called SMART QUESTIONNAIRE, and aims to collect questionnaires from patients and support clinicians in comparing previous and current questionnaires.
UQ Senior Lecturer Dr Chelsea Dobbins said “Through collaboration with clinical mentors, the course has proven successful in strengthening the development skills of ITEE graduates through exposure to key cutting edge healthcare technologies and industry insight, as well as enhancing the digital literacy of medical student graduates that are tailored to key issues they will encounter once employed within the health system.”
CSIRO and UQ will collaborate again in Semester 2, 2021 to offer the course to a new cohort of students. We will also again work with the University of Queensland Medical School to develop SMART on FHIR apps that support the Case Based Learning program. More details on the course can be found here.