The Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC)is the digital health program of CSIRO, and is the leading national research facility applying information and communication technology to improve health services and clinical treatment for Australians. AeHRC has been delivering terminology solutions to governments, health care organisations and software vendors for over 10 years.
Ontoserver, one of the AEHRCs key technologies has been at the core of the Australian National Clinical Terminology Service, in operation for 4 years. Ontoserver was recently chosen by both NHS Digital UK and Nictiz in the Netherlands as their National Terminology Server and was deployed as part of the HiGHMed project in Germany- a consortium of 8 University Hospitals.
AEHRC encountered several opportunities to employ our science to support Australia’s COVID-19 response. Working with CSIRO Health and Biosecurity and CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, our bioinformatics researchers were involved in studying the genomic sequence of the COVID-19 virus to inform the animal studies of potential vaccines. Our health data researchers contributed with a COVID-19 dashboard that is still being used around Australia, and worked with numerous health agencies on modelling the impact of the pandemic. Our team is still working with Queensland Health on their “COVID Barometer” project.
The AEHRC was also involved in numerous projects to support remote delivery of healthcare during the pandemic. Of note was the recent launch of the MoTHER project, an implementation trial of mobile health for women with gestational diabetes with Metro South Brisbane and Mater Mothers’ Hospital. We have also been supporting the delivery of education remotely, working with the University of Queensland Medical School to introduce a digital version of Case-Based Learning for the medical students.
AEHCR also delivered technologies for data interoperability through projects in Germany, the UK and in Australia; and technology for analysis of whole genome sequences and for sharing of genomic data using cloud computing. And AEHRC teams have undertaken analytics progress across a wide range of healthcare, validating a new blood based biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease; analysing patient flow through different parts of hospitals and health systems in Queensland and Western Australia; and analysing genomic test data and electronic medical records for large genomics trials.