The future of digital health
Two international leaders in the field shared their experiences in innovations in digital health at RPA.
Two international leaders were the guest speakers at an innovation in digital health networking event at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
The breakfast event looked at how technology can drive personalised models of healthcare innovation and was presented by the Digital Health and Informatics Network (DHIN), supported by Sydney Health Partners, The University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District.
Professor of Digital Health at The University of Sydney and DHIN co-chair Tim Shaw said the event was an opportunity for clinicians, researchers, students and ICT professionals to come together to talk about some fundamental issues on how we create new models of care and use predicative analytics in how we deliver care.
"We're seeing the beginning of how we can transform healthcare…we have a wealth of untapped data and emerging data sets we are not using in the delivery of health. We need to use that to change the way care is delivered in real time."
Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr Calum MacRae presented about designing learning systems around the biology of health and chronic disease.
Dr MacRae was the recipient of the $75 million 'One Brave Idea' five year research award in 2016 to study coronary heart disease and its consequences.
"In health, research and development tends to happens outside the system and then needs to be introduced into delivery. Innovation is generally not something that comes easily to clinical practice."
Dr MacRae's research looks at the use of online tools and the possibility of reducing the reliance on the provider to deliver healthcare and use data-backed supports for patients.
Acting Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management at the University of California, Dr Ziad Obermeyer, shared how we can use machine learning to improve decision making in health.
DHIN Co-Director, Professor Jonathan Morris said the networking event helps to think about transforming the way we deliver healthcare through digital health.
"If we keep doing the same things, we'll get the same results. We need to recognise we need to deliver healthcare differently to get better results at less cost. Our traditional models that tend to be clinician focused are going to change."