The CRE research program will address critical evidence gaps in policy and practice that limit our national capacity to exploit digital technologies in healthcare. Research focuses on three areas and will have actively engaged end-user partners that participate in the shaping and conduct of research.

To ensure that there are early research outputs and translational impacts, the programs will bring existing teams, data sets, investments and platforms into new alliances. The CRE’s agenda will broaden over its lifetime in response to emerging needs.

Safety and quality of digital health systems

E-health is now recognised as an essential component of patient safety and can improve the timeliness, safety and quality of clinical decisions. To reduce the risk of patient harms from IT, the CRE will fund the development, evaluation and support of an automated IT critical incident database, which will extract and collate reports from national and international incident report databases. Read more…

Advanced clinical analytics

Despite the growing national investment in consumer personal health record systems, we know little about their impact on health outcomes, or the types of errors that are associated with their use. Given the importance of disease prevention and self-management in the chronically ill, the CRE is trialling a consumer e-health system to measure its potential impact on outcomes or service utilisation. Read more…

Consumer digital health

Whilst current clinical decision support systems typically improve clinical decisions overall, there are significant risks that clinicians can be misled in certain settings or circumstances, to make poorer decisions. The CRE is developing the next generation in evidence-based decision support technologies, engineered to minimise risks with current systems that can mislead users, or fit poorly into practice. Read more...