Capitalising on the rapid digitalisation of health

Our research is responding to the shift in expectations and behaviours in the health sector caused by widespread digital disruption in healthcare.

Widespread digital disruption in health continues to shift the fundamental expectations and behaviours of the industry and is driven by a range of factors, including:

  • Consumers embracing new technology for low-risk decision making relating to their health, with 78% of adults using the internet to find health-related information
  • Digital technologies such as smart phones and telehealth providing consumers with greater autonomy in their health and wellbeing
  • Breakthroughs in digital health technologies with potential to revolutionise disease diagnosis, prevention, and treatment
  • Remote monitoring of patients at home creating unprecedented potential to reduce demand on hospital services and increase patient health outcomes
  • An explosion of data, harvested in real time from sources within and outside of traditional health settings, representing significant potential to generate knowledge through sophisticated analytics
  • Creating co-benefits for the environment through reducing the ecological footprint of health services provision

Our research contributes to the national response to these challenges by:

  • Evaluating telehealth solutions
  • Designing new technologies to support carers of cancer patients
  • Designing new technologies to better manage dementia in acute hospital settings
  • Designing digital technologies to support improved patient experience (MyStay)
  • Designing new technologies to remotely monitor patient physiology
  • Evaluating health technologies and providing advice to government on cost effectiveness
  • Developing an evaluation framework for assessing the proliferation of health related apps
  • Exploring opportunities to reach indigenous populations and people with disabilities
  • Harnessing big data to improve the quality of information on obesity and risk factors
  • Harnessing big data to understand reasons for hospital readmission in patients with complex health care needs
  • Understanding the potential of the Electronic Medical Record for improving care
  • Understanding digital health literacy, particularly in the elderly