Queensland Digital Health Centre (QDHeC)

The engine room of our digital healthcare future

The Queensland Digital Health Centre (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 (HERA) initiative to tackle  urgent health and medical challenges. QDHeC is led by Associate Professor Clair Sullivan, from UQ’s Centre for Health Services Research.

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.

Vision

Our vision is for a digitally enabled learning healthcare system that delivers on the globally recognised Quadruple Aim of healthcare.

A digitally enabled Learning Healthcare 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.

The Quadruple Aim of healthcare seeks improved clinician experience, improved patient experience, lower costs and better outcomes.

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

Collaborators

QDHeC is a collaboration of researchers from five faculties across UQ:

  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Business, Economics and Law
  • Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Partners

Our external Partners include

  • Queensland Health
  • Stryker
  • CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre
  • Health and Wellbeing Queensland
  • Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation
  • Health Translation Queensland
 

Projects

Projects

  • Comparing glycaemic outcomes of digital and non-digital hospitals

  • A dashboard to improve policy and practice decisions to address obesity

  • Improving data extraction from electronic medical records starting with Queensland Health’s integrated electronic Medical Record

  • Using an Artificial Intelligence (AI) predict and prevent solution for earlier identification of hospital patients who are deteriorating, potentially saving many lives

Associate Professor Clair Sullivan

 

Associate Professor Clair Sullivan
Director QDHeC

Associate Professor Clair Sullivan is an internationally recognised practising and academic clinical informatician, and a pioneer of innovative digital technology. She is passionate about achieving best outcomes for every patient in the Australian healthcare system.

 

Research and Programs

 
Jason Pole

 

Professor Jason Pole
Deputy Director Research

 

Jason Ferris

 

Professor Jason Ferris
KeyPoint Program Lead

 

 

 

Oliver Canfell

 

Dr. Oliver Canfell
Research Fellow

 

Lee Woods

 

Dr. Lee Woods
Research Fellow

 

 

Anton Van de Vegt

 

Dr. Anton van der Vegt
Research Engineer

 

David Chua

 

David Chua
Research Assistant

 

  

Carina Silva

 

Carina Silva
Research Assistant

 

Sam Robertson

 

Sam Robertson
Research Assistant

 

 

Operations

 
Vicki Hobson-Green

 

Vicki Hobson-Green
Operations Manager

 

Tim Saul

 

Tim Saul
Program Manager

 

 

Teyl Engstrom

 

Teyl Engstrom
Project Manager

 

Jodie Austin

 

Jodie Austin
Clinical Informatics Director

 

Liz Shaw

 

Liz Shaw
Project Manager
Han Chang Lim

 

Han Chang Lim
Data Manager

 

  

Reji Philip

 

Reji Philip
Data Manager

 

Josh McRae

 

Josh McRae
Clinical Informatician

 

 

Amy Baker

 

Amy Baker
Coordinator

 

Jonaa Eva

 

Jonaa Eva
Program Officer

 

 

Our Partners

 

 Queensland Health 
Professor Keith McNeil and Dr Julie-Ann White

Stryker
Dr Mark Luhovy and Dr Julia Hocking

CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre
Dr David Hansen

Health and Wellbeing Queensland
Dr Robyn Littlewood

Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation
Dr Dom Gorse

Health Translation Queensland
Sue Scheinpflug

  

UQ Faculty partners

 

Associate Professor Guido Zuccon, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Associate Professor Clair Sullivan, Director, Queensland Digital Health Centre

Professor Markus Barth, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Dr Sally Shrapnel, School of Mathematics and Physics

Professor Andrew Burton-Jones, School of Business (absent)

Contact us

qdhec@uq.edu.au