Relevance of the Research
The convergence of ICT, health, and biotechnology in the twenty first century has been largely driven by:
- A paradigm shift towards a patient centric model of healthcare
- A growing focus on personalised medicine and disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management
- Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies turning to personalized medicine to help improve the drug development process and speed the approval of new drugs
- The emergence and rapidly evolving technology in functional genomics, molecular diagnostics and nanotechnology which in turn is driving the generation of voluminous and complex biological data
- Clinical complexity requiring information technology to guide clinical decision making
- Consumers increasingly focussed on lifestyle and wellness, and demanding more and better health services
- Consumers, patients and even doctors increasingly relying on www and web2.0 technologies for up-to-date and relevant medical information for healthcare management
- Australian Commonwealth and State governments funding commitment to strategic programs in e-Health (e.g. Victorian HealthSMART program and Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing’s Personal Controlled Electronic Health Record program).
Working closely with the Biomedical research community, NICTA will develop tools and techniques for use by clinicians, diagnosticians and health care providers to improve health outcomes for all Australians.
Technologies and techniques being developed as part of NICTA’s Health projects have applications across a number of health areas including the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers, early detection of diabetes, Alzheimer and heart disease, faster and more accurate access to biomedical information, automated tracking of cell growth and behaviour in immunological studies and drug trials.