Data-Driven Healthcare and Informatics


Overview

The past decade has seen enormous advances in the amount of data routinely generated and collected in most things we do as well as in our ability to harness technology to analyse and understand this data to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.

Routine clinical care is a rich source of health data which offers great potential for health care improvement. There are also many pockets of excellence in data across our health service and academic partners, including large-scale multicentre clinical trials and clinical registries.

Monash Partners is one of three Centres leading Data-Driven Healthcare Improvement activities for the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) – a collaboration between the seven NHMRC accredited Advanced Health and Research Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and two Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs) that covers 90% of NHMRC-funded health and medical researchers and 80% of hospital care.

AHRA is building strong links with consumers, researchers, health professionals and government at state and national levels. This provides an ideal platform to achieve improvement in the use of data to inform healthcare delivery and health outcomes.

AHRA as a group, has formulated national priorities for Data-Driven Healthcare Improvement activities. This means that across Australia we have agreed to prioritise the improvement of healthcare outcomes in these agreed areas. AHRA Data projects usually involve collaboration between multiple health service, research and teaching organisations across state boundaries. Findings and recommendations are quickly available, more likely to be relevant to other sites and are likely to be particularly relevant to those providing clinical care.

Training Opportunity

This massive open online course (MOOC) provides insight into the use of healthcare data. Click the button above for further information.


AHRA Priorities

The Australian Health Research Alliance’s (AHRA) Data-Driven Healthcare Improvement committee is committed to a coordinated approach across Australia.

This group met in 2018 and agreed upon eight priority areas.

    1. Create virtual or actual health data research hubs within the AHRTCs/ CIRHs to stimulate partnerships across academic, clinician and industry stakeholders
    2. To integrate large scale data sets to undertake research and quality improvement across the primary care, acute and sub-acute continuum
    3. Building workforce capacity in data use for health care improvement through training (undergraduates/ graduates)
    4. Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
    5. Establish a strategic international collaborative in data priority areas to leverage multiple agency, discipline, national or industry investment (e.g. with Farr Institute or ICES)
    6. Registries; National initiative to reduce burden and improve governance of and access to databases/ registries
    7. Identify key infrastructure needs through a National data management study. With the aim of enhancing use of secure, digitised My Health Record, linked health and social data and inter-agency collaborative research
    8. Develop a National framework to maximise interoperability and value of data to research and clinical practice

    The first three priorities are the focus for national data activities for the years 2018-2020.


      Monash Partners Priorities

      Monash Partners Data-Driven Healthcare Improvement Committee has adopted the AHRA Data-Driven Healthcare Improvement priorities with some modifications to enhance their relevance to our partner organisations. These priorities are the focus of Monash Partners activities from 2018-2021.

        1. Create virtual or actual health data research hubs within the AHRTCs/ CIRHs to stimulate partnerships across academic, clinician and industry stakeholders
        2. To integrate large scale data sets to undertake research and quality improvement across the primary care, acute and sub-acute continuum. This is to include EMR related activity
        3. Building workforce capacity in data use for health care improvement through training (undergraduates/ graduates)
        4. Registries  To enhance access to and presentation of registry data, and facilitate integration and linkage between other data sources and registry data
        5. Integrate our University data platform – Helix, through strengthening and building of data infrastructure and systems.

          Monash Partners Initiatives

          Projects underway in 2019 all target at least one of the Monash Partners’ Data-Driven Healthcare Improvement priorities. The projects are grouped through three approaches. These are listed below and more details about specific projects can be accessed through the links.


          1. Rapid Applied Research Translation Projects
          2. Strategic prioritised data projects, led by Monash Partners Data Fellows
          3. Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP) in Digital and Data-Driven Innovation in Healthcare – This partnership between Monash University and Monash Partners will support up to 15 PhD students who will be addressing healthcare problems through digital and data-driven innovations and building their skills as the next generation workforce in this field.

          Our Projects and Resources

          Monash Partners researchers are leading a number of data projects, funded by the Medical Research Future Fund.
          You will find them, and others, HERE.

          You will find also find many resources to assist with your data research, HERE.

          “To Improve health outcomes across our community, through data-driven innovation and care”Our Purpose

          Data-Driven Healthcare Improvement and Informatics Steering Committee

          The Committee is chaired by Professor Jim Buttery.


          Professor Jim Buttery

          Professor Jim Buttery is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and vaccinologist. He is head of Infection and Immunity and director of research at Monash Children’s Hospital and is head of Monash Immunisation at Monash Health. Jim is the president of the World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.


          The Committee is chaired by Professor Jim Buttery. Alongside Jim is a team of clinicians and informatics and data specialists who share his vision and passion. Members of the Steering Committee include:

          Associate Professor Susannah Ahern
          Dr Nadine Andrew
          Professor Chris Bain
          Professor Jim Buttery
          Professor Peter Cameron
          Dr Joanne Enticott
          Ms Jennifer Irving
          Ms Alison Johnson
          Professor Danielle Mazza
          Ms Amy McKimm
          Mr Adam McLeod
          Professor Harvey Newnham
          Mr Emilio Pozo
          Dr Ronnie Ptasznik
          Mr Steve Quenette
          Dr David Rankin
          Professor Velandai Srikanth
          Professor Helena Teede
          Ms Andrea Wecke
          Mr Chris Wood
          Professor Nik Zeps
          Professor Sophia Zoungas.


          Project Lead

          An objective of Monash Partners is to build capacity for data-driven healthcare improvement across and bring the breadth of our Data related activities into a cohesive, well-co-ordinated whole. The Data Platform has a dedicated Project Lead, Alison Johnson.