Health and biomedical informatics is the body of knowledge that concerns the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in, about and for human health, and the design and management of related information systems to advance the understanding and practice of healthcare.
The discipline of health and biomedical informatics sits at the intersection of at least four fields of research – health science, computer science, information science and knowledge management.
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The University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) and the Australian Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) are partnering in an important new study that explores current practices and future approaches to data traffic flows and network connectivity arrangements in Victorian health service provider organisations.
An online survey of CIOs and equivalents in Victorian health provider organisations is now open. Aggregated findings about internet and other network connectivity in participating organisations, including data types, traffic volumes and network management strategies, will be available to organisations participating in this confidential survey. To take part please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5NPY5HX
An industry summit later in 2013 will bring health providers and researchers together with network vendors, operators, application providers to collaborate in determining promising models for better broadband connectivity in Victorian health provider organisations, based on findings from this study. To register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This study is collecting evidence for shared planning to deliver the improved connectivity across the health sector that is needed to support the anticipated expansion of ehealth services in a broadband-enabled health care system.
IBES’ interdisciplinary research has a major focus on broadband-enabled health - including transmission of clinical-quality images and genomic big data, diagnostic videoconferencing, telesurgery and home-based chronic care. CHI runs a fully quarantined hospital grade test bed network, with experienced health IT staff, to showcase new clinical and administrative health technologies in fully simulated clinical workflows.
An IBES white paper reviewing research into the broadband requirements of health providers is now available for public access. To download a copy please visit www.broadband.unimelb.edu.au/health/monitoring/health-service-provider-data-connectivity-requirements.html
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- Public Testing Phase: Participants Needed! -
Researchers on this project are currently testing the prototype Mobile Augmented Reality application in Melbourne's 'Parkville Precinct' for healthcare and biomedical science research. Utilising GPS and inbuilt tablet/smartphone cameras, the aim is to connect the wider community in Parkville with the scientific community by linking information about and produced from, a particular building or site. If you have ever wondered "What happens in there?", check out the invite and you can try using an app for that!
Download the invite for more information about participating in the public testing and get in touch.
You can also read the MAR Whitepaper from IBES.
INFO90001 eHealth & Biomedical Informatics METHODS
METHODS classes will meet on campus from 28 October to 28 November, 530 - 900 PM each Monday and Thursday. METHODS develops familiarity with some core informatics tools and methods used in ehealth, translational research, simulation and modelling, biomedical knowledge management. SYSTEMS is a prerequisite for METHODS although exemptions may be given for equivalent education or work experience.
Students in the Master of IT (Health) must take these subjects. Masters students from Information Systems, Public Health, Nursing and other degrees may take them as electives. If you are not currently a student you can enrol in them as single subjects through the Community Access Program.
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Starting this year, the Melbourne Schools of Medicine and Information will be teaching a groundbreaking new education program within the Master of Information Technology, MIT (Health). Currently demand for Health IT specialists is far in advance of supply and this need for expertise will continue to grow. This program will give students the skills required to work in this exciting field. Please see the flyer: Download MIT - Health Flyer
HBIRU are offering 3 Scholarly Selective research project options this year. These are open to 3rd and 4th year Doctor of Medicine students only, but the database can be searched by anyone; so if you are interested, have a look
This important project has been funded under the IBES Seed Funding call, to analyse the data connectivity requirements for high-speed broadband in the health sector over the next 5 to 10 years to support new and emerging services such as telemedicine, electronic health records, e-learning, and participatory and personalised medicine.
This project is developing a prototype 'smart' medicine shelf for patients that integrates information with support networks, clinicians, and carers, through the use of RFID and broadband technologies. This concept aims to improve prescription adherence via reminding patients as well as information sharing with the patient's carers and clinicians.
IBES and HBIRU are increasing our understanding of personalised medicine and participatory medicine through the new seed funded project, SELF-OMICS. This project will measure, monitor and analyse genetic, environmental, physiological and psychological data to explore the data transmission and processing requirements, and the role of social media in personalised and participatory medicine.