Digital Health / Informatics

Digital health and informatics live at the intersection of health, wellbeing, and healthcare, viewed through a socio-technical lens

About this theme

The field involves the application of information communication technologies (ICT) to complex health challenges to improve the efficacy and efficiency of care.

The World Health Organisation lists digital health as a key area of strategic importance. At a macro level, it describes various hardware and software applications (i.e. web, telehealth, electronic health records, mobile devices, wearables, apps, and more) to improve the way in which information is used in health (informatics). Furthermore, these technologies provide opportunities to innovate models of care by supporting access, better tailoring treatment, and greater engagement of stakeholders to participate in the healthcare process.

Our School’s researchers are conducting research across a variety of digital health and informatics fronts across allied health and nursing aimed to improve how health is assessed, treated, and managed across the continuum of care. This includes, but is not limited to: provision of online health information/education, remote consultation and treatment via telehealth, peer to peer social networking, development of clinical decision-support aids, as well as leveraging hospital big data sets from electronic health records to better identify patients in need of intervention and predict outcomes.

Meet our researchers in digital health and informatics