Researcher biography

Professor Anthony Smith is the Director of the University of Queensland's Centre for Online Health (COH). He also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Southern Denmark's Centre of Innovative Medical Technology, in Denmark.

Professor Smith has more than 18 years of research experience involving the planning, implementation and evaluation of new telemedicine applications for the benefit of clinicians and patients in regional and remote areas of Queensland.

In 2004, Dr Smith completed a doctorate degree in the field of medicine, by examining the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a novel telepaediatric service in Queensland.

Dr Smith has developed and sustained an exemplary international track record in the establishment and evaluation of telehealth, principally in paediatrics and more recently in the adult and aged care disciplines. In collaboration with the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, he was instrumental in the establishment of the telepaediatric service - which provides routine telehealth services for children all throughout Queensland – in specialties including burns care, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopaedics and psychiatry.

Specific research interests include the evaluation of feasibility, cost-effectiveness and diagnostic accuracy of telemedicine applications. Major research achievements have included the evaluation of wireless (robot) videoconference systems in paediatric wards; home telemedicine consultations for children with chronic health conditions; email-based telemedicine support for children with burn injuries; and a community-based telemedicine health screening programme for Indigenous children in the South Burnett region of Queensland. Current projects include the evaluation of telehealth applications in primary care settings and Indigenous communities; the delivery of tele-rehabilitation services into primary schools; online mental health support services in remote locations; and discipline specific clinical telehealth services in Queensland.

In 2013, Professor Smith began a role as chief investigator for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth. He is responsible for two major themes within the CRE which include telemedicine applications in small remote communities and Indigenous Communities.

In the field of telemedicine and telehealth, Dr Smith has over 170 publications, including 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals, three edited books and 13 book chapters on telemedicine-related topics. Whilst the field remains highly specialised in comparison to other disciplines, his work is receiving over 150 citations per annum. Dr Smith continues to present his work through publication, national and international conferences and local meetings.

Professor Smith is the scientific committee chair for the International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth; and former President of the Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS) [2013-2015]. He remains an active committee member for the ATHS and contributes to the planning and delivery of the annual telehealth conference.

In 2017, Professor Smith was offered the prestigious appointment as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (Sage Publishers, London) — one of the leading international journals in the field of telemedicine and telecare. He is also an active peer-reviewer for 11 other journals.