At the 325-bed Wagga Wagga Base Hospital in New South Wales eHealth NSW and Murrumbidgee Local Health District are partnering on two point of care pilot projects.
At the Wagga Wagga hospital a team of 10 clinicians is currently running a trial of mobile notifications of real-time pathology results and risk indicators, through the Miya Precision Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool created by Alcidion.
The CSIRO’s re-admission risk algorithm will use the data supplied and make the results available through the Miya platform, and notifications will be delivered through Apple products, including iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch.
The goal is to give clinicians fast access to meaningful data insights which can help them to identify patients at risk of deterioration, and provide more timely mobile access to pathology results and X-rays.
“Data-driven healthcare is very much the future of innovation in healthcare – this project is part of that transformation,” David Hansen, CEO of CSIRO’s Australian e-health research centre, said in a statement.
The second PoC pilot involves the development of an open platform to provide access to simulated data that researchers and developers could use to test functionality and feasibility of their models without putting patients’ privacy at risk.
Multiple, anonymised datasets are being mined, again through the Miya Precision platform, to cover common health challenges such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Cloud software specialist Evidentli is using Piano, its clinical research automation software, to connect to a variety of data sources and provides security and workflows to automate research.
Because Piano transforms data into open standards and automatically documents methods, research is immediately reproducible and ready for peer review.
In addition, statistical, analytic, and documentation tools will enable Murrumbidgee LHD to perform clinical research in a fraction of the time it has historically taken.
“The platform is an incredibly powerful research tool which accurately captures activity to give insights into factors such as a patient’s risk of readmission as well as compliance with clinical pathways and the provision of clinically appropriate care,” Dr. Stephen Wood, director of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital’s emergency department, said in a statement.
The two pilot programs are designed to give clinicians the tools to marry evidence-based medicine with value-based care and allow them to develop new treatment protocols and interventions, hopefully improving patient outcomes while simultaneously lowering the cost of care.
The news comes as the Government continues its push toward digitalization of the national healthcare system, while the Australian and Chinese governments are partnering to fund a Joint Research Centre (JRC) tasked with developing a next-gen PoC testing device to help identify markers of genetic disorders, infections and cancers.