Digital Health Research Network

Introduction

Healthcare as we’re currently delivering it is no longer sustainable.

With rising costs and increasing demand, our current health models are no longer fit-for-purpose.

Digital health systems allow us to plan new ways to deliver care to more people, more efficiently. Driving that change is the advent of electronic medical records and the ability to store information about consumers, in real time.

Health practitioners are looking to the university sector to help roll out these digital workflows across our complex healthcare system.

While we already have access to an ocean of digital data, the job of coordinating that data in an efficient and patient-friendly manner brings healthcare into new and uncharted territory.

For example, one of the many challenges in creating coordinated digital systems is that it requires new partnerships between the medical community and an army of allied professionals such as software engineers, graphic designers, IT experts, ethicists and social scientists.

Like a marriage broker, The University of Queensland is pioneering new ways of bringing these diverse professional groups together to achieve the common goal of building new, coordinated digital health care systems.

The Global Change Institute established the Digital Health Research Network (DHRN) to help drive and coordinate the pioneering beginnings of a healthcare revolution.

Partners in Digital HealthDigital Health Research Capability

GCI's Digital Health Research Network is comprised of more than 30 academics from six UQ faculties. A summary outlining members of the DHRN is available here, which includes researchers from:

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • Business Economics and Law
  • Engineering Architecture and Information Technology
  • Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • UQ Centre for Policy Futures
  • UQ Centre for Health Services Research
  • UQ Diamantina Institute

External partners currently include:

A learning healthcare system to improve health outcomes

The Digital Health Research Network is committed to building a smart health care system, where all data entered during an episode of patient care is reused to improve the care of subsequent consumers.

Aims of the networkQuadruple Aims

The Digital Health Research Network's programs will harness the power of the government, industry, clinical and academic sectors to work together with healthcare consumers in driving data-driven healthcare improvement in real time.

Extensive consultation and discussion have been invested in determining the strategy for the DHRN. Our strategic plan offers to transform healthcare into a learning healthcare system enabled by technology to ensure we achieve four main objectives, also known as the Quadruple Aim (Q4) of healthcare.

  • Better outcomes
  • Improved clinician’s experience
  • Improved patient experience
  • Lower costs

Strategy for all Australians

Three Horizons

The digital health programs and work packages created by the DHRN will align with the Three Horizons outlined by the 2026 Queensland Health Digital Transformation Strategy (PDF, 5.3 MB) ​and will focus on following a similar roadmap for other clinical settings not regulated by Queensland Health. The DHRN is improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare for Australians. A funding roadmap is also under development that promotes digital transformation across the health sector without losing sight of the network’s core objectives.

Digital Health Grand Rounds

The Queensland Digital Health Grand Rounds is designed to bring clinicians and researchers together to hear up-and-coming innovations and applications of infomatics in healthcare.

Digital Health Journal Club

The Digital Health Journal Club showcases the latest developments in digital healthcare through emerging international, national and local research. For general enquiries contact QDA@health.qld.gov.au.

Digital Health Research News

 

  
Prof. Monica Janda

Patient-led surveillance shows promise for melanoma care

Melanoma patients using their smart phone to submit images of lesions to their specialists appears to be a safe and convenient form of follow-up after treatment.

Patient experience data

Making sense of patient experience data

University of Queensland researchers are pioneering the use of artificial intelligence to enable healthcare providers to better monitor and improve hospital care and the patient experience.

Stryker

Partnership ignites new medical R&D Lab

A specialised medical research facility that will transform ground-breaking research into new medical equipment and technology is set to be established in Queensland, at the Herston Health Precinct.

Prof. Colleen Lau

University researchers help track Covid-19 outbreaks

A senior member of GCI’s Digital Health Research Network has helped deliver a new web-based platform to make pandemic data and information more easily accessible to the public.

A/Prof. Clair Sullivan

UQ duo get Premier’s tick for excellence

Two University of Queensland researchers were members of the Digital Metro North Hospital team that won the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the ‘Be a responsive government’ category.

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