HaBIC's main themes of research address the challenges associated with the processing of biomedical data, information and knowledge, facilitating outcomes relating to:
Research strength: Precision Medicine
Biomedical informatics plays a central role in processing the deluge of data gathered through contemporary research activities. Amongst others, these activities may relate to the molecular basis of disease, inter-individual genetic variation and environmental exposure (often referred to as the exposome). Biomedical informatics takes these data, and through integrated analysis, converts them to medically actionable knowledge that can facilitate new personalised preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic solutions (i.e. personalised and precision medicine).
Research areas in which HaBIC is active include:
- integration of personal genome sequence and molecular information within the electronic health record
- knowledge management systems to assess the clinical relevance of biomarkers
- nanotechnology informatics
- data integration in clinical bioinformatics.
Research strength: Informatics in Participatory Health
Although the digitisation of information has had an enormous impact on many sectors, the health sector is clearly lagging behind in terms of the incorporation of new ICT. This fact has not severely affected the operation of large clinical or research centres as much as it has limited the capacity for citizens to interact with the system, to access their own health information and to interact with health professionals or other patients.
In recent years, the development of social networks, mobile apps and self-monitoring devices is offering enormous potential to advance the health sector in all these areas. HaBIC is working on research projects related to evidence-based health interventions with social networks, development of virtual communities for patients and public participation in health through web technologies.
Translational Research Informatics
Despite major advances in biomedical and clinical research, there are still considerable gaps in the translation of those findings - into decision support services at the point of care, into continuously learning healthcare organisations, and into widespread change and adoption at a population health level. In collaboration with Australian researchers and organisations undertaking projects that utilise biomedical data collected routinely - such as through electronic health records, health apps, and other electronic health data capture tools - HaBIC researchers are exploring ways to increase the impact of health data analytics, though optimal information management and knowledge sharing. HaBIC has strenghts in contextualising health innovations in relation to digital health strategy and policy; in integrating evidence from information sciences and health sciences; in filtering tools and methods for health information systems testing and evaluation.
Advanced Professional Practice
Research strength: Informatics for e-health solutions
Research in informatics in e-health aims to generate evidence to support the development of e-health solutions and to overcome the barriers associated with these projects.
- assessment and evaluation in higher education
- professional education for e-health focusing on educational strategy and policy for building health informatics capacity
- analysis of health sector changes arising from new technologies particularly the integration of emerging high capacity broadband technologies in healthcare, and their influence on health literacy
- health services
- research communication
Teaching is the principal means by which the University disseminates knowledge, trains students as scholars and professionals and prepares the next generation of researchers. Health Informatics (including eHealth) is a transformational force in health around the world, and relies increasingly on new kinds of knowledge required by all of the health professions as well as on a specialised professional workforce.
Our training goal
In Australia, Health Informatics has been defined as "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"
Informatics is the science of information. The general goal of informatics is to develop methods and systems to collect, store, access, retrieve, integrate, analyse, visualise and use data, information, and knowledge.
Biomedical informatics is the application of informatics in the biomedical realm, concerned with "the optimal use of information, often aided by the use of technology, to improve individual health, health care, public health, and biomedical research" 2. While the field of biomedical informatics shares the general scope of these interests with some other health care specialties and disciplines, it has developed its own areas of emphasis and approaches that have set it apart from other disciplines and specialties.
As a research and education centre based in Australia, it is essential that we use terminology that is understood in the Australian context, hence the use of the phrase "health informatics". As our reputation and impact on the international scene has grown, we have adopted terminology suited to the international context, hence the use of the term "biomedical informatics." These terms form the name of the newly formed "Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre", a branding which encompasses both national and international usage and understanding of health informatics and biomedical informatics.
HaBIC research is focused on why and how to describe, collect, store, assure, secure, share, integrate, analyse, visualise and mobilise health data, health information and health knowledge, in order to contribute to planning, problem-solving, decision-making, enquiry and learning in healthRead more
HaBIC encourages excellence in interdisciplinary and cross-faculty health informaticsRead more
HaBIC works in a variety of ways with a wide range of organisations, to improve the management of health data, information and knowledge for better health outcomes.View