About the Rapid response function

Making evidence-based decisions is a major challenge for policy makers, health services and industry who operate often on tight timeframes, and may not have access to the research literature or be set up to analyse it effectively. Many questions also test the boundaries of the research literature.

The CRE conducts rapid literature reviews, data collation and meta-analysis to answer critical digital health issues, with an emphasis on maintaining a neutral and independent position. Chief Investigators (CIs) prioritise questions to be answered and supervise the structuring and analysis of these reports.

CIs solicit issues from the CRE’s Scientific Advisory Committee and external organisations including government, industry, consumers and health service providers. The work of the response function is managed by the CIs via the Management Committee. The CRE also uses this mechanism to create briefing reports for the research work of the CRE itself.

Recent reviews

Current challenges in health information technology-related patient safety.
Preparing Australia for genomic medicine: data, computing and digital health
Automated assessment of biological database assertions using the scientific literature
Artificial intelligence in primary health care: perceptions, issues, and challenges

Identify a critical issue for a review

We invite you to identify a critical question for the CRE to review. Please contact us to discuss your question.