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The eHealth Research Group (EHRG) is an Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) research facility that is home to the nationally prominent Western Sydney University (WSU) research group in TeleHealth and e-Health. This rapidly growing knowledge domain is a critical component in the future strength of our Health System, and aligns directly with Australian Health Reform and National Broadband agendas.
EHRG was established in late 2010 when further equipment and infrastructure were added to the previous “Smart Space” facility at the WSU Campbelltown campus, providing a computationally sophisticated, highly interconnected and reconfigurable sensor-rich environment for conducting innovative health informatics research. EHRG operates on a multidisciplinary collaboration model for research, drawing on academic expertise from a number of key WSU participants from the School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics, School of Medicine, School of Nursing & Midwifery, and School of Science & Health, as well as other external research groups.
EHRG seeks to progress research and innovation using intelligent ICT methods supporting new models of Health care, in applications such as aged care & independent living, chronic disease management, and preventative health & wellness promotion. The scope of ICT coverage consists of three layers:
Information – data collection and management: e.g. database/eResearch tools, data mining/modelling/visualisation, data annotation/linkage, electronic health records, home/patient monitoring, sensors/signals/image/video;
Decisions – knowledge based systems: e.g. daily living activities analysis, vital signs based decision support systems, machine learning for personalised medicine, pattern recognition for Traditional Chinese Medicine;
Systems – software design/development and human factors: e.g. patient journey modeling, cloud/web based services, health software interoperability, collaborative/social networks, virtual/ambient-aware environments, natural language processing, visual attention.
EHRG projects rely on funded research and other externally funded activities undertaken by academic and student team members, building further expertise and momentum to sustain the research group.