Jan 24, 2021

The Role of Big Data in Addressing the Determinants of Non-communicable Diseases in the Ageing Era

Financial Concept

Digital health is about electronically connecting the points of care so that health information can be shared securely. This is the first step to understanding how digital health can help deliver safer, faster, and better quality healthcare (see this website).

The convergence of the digital and genomic technologies with health, healthcare, living, and society to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery (see source). Advances in research and innovations in digital health will have the potential to enable everyone to better track, manage, and improve their own and their family’s health, live better, more productive lives, as well as reducing the cost of the burden of healthcare on society.

The World Health Organization (WHO) used the term eHealth to describe the cost-effective and secure use of ICT in support of health and other health-related fields, including healthcare services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge, and research. eHealth has been a priority for the WHO since 2005[1].

Despite the shift towards collaborative healthcare and the increase in the use of eHealth technologies, there does not currently exist a comprehensive model in addressing eHealth readiness.

The first task of the workshop is to collectively develop factors that need to be considered for measuring eHealth readiness and in the construction of a universally recognized conceptual model for the measurement of capability in achieving eHealth goals. The second task of the workshop is to identify new measures and data for medical screening or monitoring.

Selected outcomes

Scholarly events (2019)

  • Host PhD student from York University (funded by WUN mobility scheme) for 3 weeks in October/November 2019. The student is preparing another research paper.
  • WUN meeting in 2018 led to the inaugural International Symposium of Digital Health

Other (2019)

Academic Publications (2018)

  • Poon, C., et al., (2019), Derivation and Analysis of Dynamic Handwriting Features as Clinical Markers of Parkinson’s Disease, In Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, aui, Hawaii, 8 – 11 January

Scholarly events (2018)

  • WUN Research Open Day on Digital Health, The University of Sydney, 10 December, 2018 , Lecture Theatre 4002, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, 107 academics & Clinicians attended; see Summary
  • WUN Research Development Workshop, The University Sydney, 8, 9 and 11 December 2018, 10 academics came from 5 WUN institutions and 1 non-WUN institution attended and presented research ideas.