Raised hand pointing to the word E-HEALTHThe NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in e-health commenced operation in 2012. Investigators in the CRE come from Macquarie University, the University of NSW, Sydney University, Bond University, and the University of South Australia. Professor Coiera directs the $2.5 million CRE, whose work program includes new collaborative research between the Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University and its four partner Universities. The CRE is co-located with the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) at Macquarie University. It was previously co-located with UNSW.

The CRE targets major evidence gaps in the safety and quality of clinical and consumer E-health systems. It contributes robustly to national e-health policy, and urgently builds national capacity in e-health research to meet current and emerging national health priorities.

Major aims
The CRE conducts a collaborative research program with three major aims, where research evidence is urgently needed, and opportunities for translational impact are high.

E-health safety Consumer e-health Decision support
The CRE is monitoring the safety and quality of e-health implementations using incident reports. The system will generate alerts for government, vendors, clinicians and the community. The CRE is trialling a consumer e-health system to measure its potential impact on health outcomes, service utilisation and types of errors associated with their use. The CRE is developing the next generation in evidence-based decision support technologies and pioneering the use of these to support systematic review teams.

Training
The CRE offers an integrated training program, in partnership with AIHI, to attract and retain the ‘best and brightest’ to a career in e-health research, and to support these individuals from their time as doctoral candidates through to helping mid-career postdoctoral research fellows become established and independent research leaders. The CRE has established a formal doctoral program in E-health and health informatics research to provide both specialized topic specific training as well as a general core set of skills in research methods. Read more…

Project sponsor
National Health and Medical Research Council – Centres of Research Excellence, APP1032664

Video presentation
Professor Enrico Coiera, Director Centre of Research Excellence in e-health and Director Centre for Health Informatics, presentation – ‘Big data needs bigger people’ at the GE at Work 2014 Conference, 23 October 2014

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