Queensland Digital Health Centre (QDHeC)

The engine room of our digital healthcare future

The Queensland Digital Health Centre (QDHeC) is a leading digital health research centre based at The University of Queensland (UQ). QDHeC is generating new research and innovation to speed up the translation of new knowledge to improve healthcare. We are working with six UQ faculties, external partners and consumers to create a learning health system which harnesses the power of digital solutions. 

Funded through The University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor’s Health Research Accelerator (HERA) initiative to tackle urgent health and medical challenges, QDHeC's director is Professor Clair Sullivan, an internationally recognised clinical informatician and specalist endocrinologist.

QDHeC will become an enduring, world-class virtual facility with a self-sustaining group of high-quality researchers. We will generate new research and innovation and speed up translation of new knowledge into improved digital healthcare.

QDHeC is funded through The University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor’s Health Research Accelerator initiative and is led by Associate Professor Clair Sullivan, from UQ’s Centre for Health Services Research.

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Our vision is to be a catalyst for achieving the Quadruple Aim of Healthcare: improved healthcare team wellbeing, improved patient experience, reduced costs and improved population health.


Quadruple aim


Our mission is to engage and partner to create a digitally enabled learning health system. A digitally enabled learning health system uses technology to capture and analyse information about every patient encounter to improve the care for that patient in that moment, for other patients into the future, and for the broader population. 

What is the problem we are trying to solve? Healthcare, as it is currently delivered, is not sustainable. Health systems are straining under rising costs, increasing demand and consumer expectations, as well as growing wait times. The data needed to make complex healthcare decisions is stored in both paper and electronic records, making it hard to access and connect with. Health research lacks the capability and capacity to translate this data into knowledge that can rapidly transform the healthcare system and improve healthcare outcomes.

Digital Transformation enables the use of routinely collected data to continuously monitor and improve healthcare outcomes to create a learning healthcare system that is cohesive, cross-enterprise, platforms and boundaries, and can help achieve the Quadruple Aim of Healthcare.  

Three Horizons

Our work aligns with the Three Horizons outlined by the 2026 Queensland Health Digital Transformation Strategy.

Key activities


QDHeC researchers and collaborators have attracted more than $46million in research funding since the centre was established in late-2022, including:


QDHeC provides services on a wide range of digital and health informatics projects:

  • KeyPoint - QDHeC and QCIF have developed a secure research platform that enables data custodians to manage and share sensitive research data with approved researchers
  • Dashboards to improve policy and practice decisions
  • Improving data extraction from electronic medical records
  • Using machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Federated Learning to solve global health challenges.


QDHeC, in collaboration with the UQ Business School, offers a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics and Digital Health and a range of professional development events link to events page, including Queensland Digital Health Grand Rounds.

Professor Clair Sullivan


Professor Clair Sullivan
Director, QDHeC

The University of Queensland

Professor Clair Sullivan is an internationally-recognised leading practising and academic clinical informatician who helps drive digital health transformation in Queensland. She is passionate about achieving the best outcomes for every patient in the Australian healthcare system. 


QDHeC leadership team 


Jason Pole


Professor Jason Pole
Deputy Director Research, QDHeC

The University of Queensland

Vicki Hobson-Green


Vicki Hobson-Green
Deputy Director Operations, QDHeC

The University of Queensland




Professor Guido Zuccon
Lead in Natural Language Processing and Biomedical Text Mining

School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
The University of Queensland

Dom Gorse


Dr Dom Gorse
KeyPoint Program Lead

Director QCIF Bioinformatics and Data Science


Jason Ferris


Professor Jason Ferris
KeyPoint Program Lead

The University of Queensland

Andrew Burton-Jones


Professor Andrew Burton-Jones
Program Lead

Business School, The University of Queensland


Sally Shrapnel


Assoc Professor Sally Shrapnel
Program Lead

School of Maths and Physics, The University of Queensland

Markus Barth


Professor Markus Barth
Program Lead

School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, The University of Queensland




QDHeC research teams


QDHeC researchers and collaborators  are developing research to tackle the problems of:

  • The growing cost of healthcare: The World Economic Forum and OECD predict emerging economies will see a more than doubling of health spending over the next decade.
  • People: The approaching wave of retirement of healthcare professionals is occurring at the same times as demand for health services is rising.
  • Demand: Costly care needs are growing as populations continue to age and expand.

QDHeC research

We are working to solve these problems and tackle siloed information systems to create a learning health care system. We have attracted more than $46 million in research funding since the centre was established in late-2022, including:

  • $15million as part of UQ’s Health Research Accelerator (HERA) program. QDHeC is one of seven programs selected for support over seven years to address the most pressing health and medical challenges. Our collaborative approach  is designed to find solutions that have an immense impact on human health and wellbeing.
  • $13.7million for the MRFF and partner-funded National Infrastructure for Federated Learning in Digital Health (NINA) project. Rather than attempting to merge different data sets to enable machine learning centrally, the project will bring machine learning to the data. NINA will prepare and harmonise the data to global standards which protect individual privacy and enable researchers to use machine learning to progress their research.
  • $3million from MRFF for the Digital Infrastructure For improving First Nations Maternal and Child Health (DIFFERENCE) project . The DIFFERENCE project is a partnership between UQ, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Mater Health, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, CSIRO, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation and QUT. The project will help link disparate records across different heath care services with  to improve maternal and perinatal health outcomes for First Nations mothers and babies.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical informatics and Digital Health

Lead the digital transformation of the healthcare industry with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics and Digital Health.

Digital health and data analytics specialists who can improve patient outcomes and clinician experiences are in increasingly high demand globally. Developed with national and state priorities in mind and in partnership with Queensland Health and the Digital Health CRC, this program will build your capability to revolutionise digital healthcare services.

With the latest clinical, business, economics, ICT, digital and data insights, you'll graduate as an agile, innovative agent of change transforming the future of digital health services in Australasia.

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Professional Development: Grand Rounds and Journal Club

The Queensland Digital Health Centre and Metro North Health's Queensland Digital Academy co-present the Queensland Digital Health Education series to bring clinicians, academics and researchers together to hear up-and-coming innovations and applications of informatics in healthcare.

Read more here about Grand Rounds and Journal Club.

Digital Health events

The Queensland Digital Health Centre nd Metro North Health's Queensland Digital Academy co-present the Queensland Digital Health Education series to bring clinicians, academics and researchers together to hear up-and-coming innovations and applications of informatics in healthcare.

The sessions inform and update participants on the latest developments in research and how health informatics is translating to inform and directly impact clinical care and patient outcomes.

Read more about the Queensland Digital Health Education series here.

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The SMART Hub helps researchers leverage Queensland Health’s integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) data to drive healthcare innovation.


This data has the potential to revolutionise healthcare and health outcomes but, until now, researchers haven’t been able to readily access and harness the power of these vast datasets.

The SMART Hub team hold conjoint appointments across The University of Queensland and eHealth Queensland. The team offers dedicated research support to navigate ethics and governance approvals, and access Queensland Health ieMR data, within the current legislative framework.

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