The Health Informatics group brings together a team of multi-disciplinary experts from the Centre’s leading research areas of telemedicine and telehealth, health economics, behavioural science and biostatistics. This group leads research projects that will improve health services for better health outcomes, by focusing on optimal use of Queensland’s state-wide integrated electronic medical record (ieMR).

The ieMR can be used for ongoing monitoring and live feed of patient data, allowing optimisation of workflows and health services delivery. However the data is often complex, in bundles of care and needs expert extraction and analyses to fulfil its potential.

The Health Informatics program collaborates with the following partners:

  • UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
  • Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

Research

Current and planned research under development include:

  • Using the ieMR to improve management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
  • Integrating a platform into the ieMR for running clinical trials and health economic evaluation.
  • Developing enhanced querying capability for automated data extraction.
  • Developing artificial intelligence (AI) capability to index clinical information within the ieMR into searchable form.
  • AI-enabled data analytics.
  • To build and integrate into the ieMR mobile health and telehealth applications.
  • Addressing efficient data entry into ieMR.

These projects will enable more efficient recruitment for and running of clinical trials, make rich data available for health economic evaluation and research purposes for the ultimate benefit of patients.

Key people

Working under the leadership of Professor Len Gray, the Centre’s external partners on this program include the following renowned national and international Health Informatics experts:

  • A/Prof Clair Sullivan – Chief Digital Health Officer, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, QLD

Co-Director, Office of the Chief Clinical Information Officer, Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health

  • Dr. Andrew Staib – Deputy Director, Emergency Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital

Co-Director, Office of the Chief Clinical Information Officer, Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health

  • Dr. Mark Braunstein – Associate Director, Georgia Tech Health Systems Institute, GA, USA

Professor of the Practice, Georgia Tech College of Computing, School of Interactive Computing, GA, USA

  • Dr Anthony Russell – Director, Diabetes and Endocrinology Department, Princess Alexandra Hospital.