Digital Health CRC reached a significant milestone in May, running our final establishment workshop aimed at identifying key partner use cases to drive the development of our Flagship programs.

The Home & Work workshop took place on 8 May at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and focused on digitally supported, consumer focused health and wellness.

The workshop addressed the challenges of integrating data outside of traditional health settings, especially with regards to transitions between self-care and other settings of care.

More than 30 DHCRC participants attended the workshop to contribute to the Flagship vision for the Home & Work setting of care.

Participation was split between 9 industry participants – including technology companies (eHealthier, LoneAlarm, Mirus, Pryzm, Springday and yourtown), payers (IAG) and medical colleges (the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) – and 10 university participants (Federation, Macquarie, Monash, RMIT, Swinburne, UQ, UniSA, Sydney, UTS and Western Sydney).

An individual’s health journey generates substantial data, with many providers operating different systems – from primary and allied health providers, to fitness devices and apps, to ambulance and emergency services, to insurance and rehabilitation, to aged care.

A key challenge driving digital health is that this data does not follow us through the system – meaning that consumers and clinicians operate with limited views of an individual’s complete health picture. This has been a key theme of the Flying Blind series of reports, published by DHCRC and Capital Markets CRC in collaboration with Research Australia.*

The Home and Work workshop’s program touched on related DHCRC projects currently under development:

  • Detecting disease and supporting referral in rural settings.
  • A mobile health framework to establish a nationally accredited process for getting apps and devices into practice in Australia.
  • Foundational work looking at how we can support the development of fit-for-purpose privacy, governance and funding policies and frameworks for digital health.

Lunch provided the perfect opportunity to launch a series of demonstrations, giving technology providers a venue to showcase their capabilities and connect with health service partners and universities who may want to partner on project development.

We extend a very warm thank you to the founder and CEO of NetHealth, Vidya Nallamad, for presenting on Net-Health Data and demonstrating the technology. If you are a DHCRC participant, your representatives will have received an email with a link to a video recording of the demonstration. You can also contact DHCRC for access.

This completes a series of DHCRC workshops that commenced last September and have focused on key DHCRC research programs:

  • Information capture, storage and flow.
  • Changing health trajectories through prevention and personalised models.
  • Improving value, quality and safety through intelligent decision support.
  • Understanding clinical variation to support transparency and improve performance.
  • Key settings of care — home and work; primary and acute; residential and assisted aged care; rural and remote; rehabilitation after injury or trauma.

The outcomes from these workshops have greatly contributed to the Flagship programs established by DHCRC to frame and drive project development going forward. Read more about our Flagship programs here.


References

* Flying Blind, https://flyingblind.cmcrc.com


Credits

Article by DHCRC Head of Data Science Innovation, Dr Ben Hachey.