The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has launched a digital health innovation hub in Australia and globally. The RMIT Digital Health Hub aims to connect RMIT’s sophisticated digital health science and skills to the health industry with the goal of enhancing healthcare outcomes and revolutionising healthcare delivery.
It was launched in collaboration with ANDHealth, a digital health commercialization organisation, and the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre, which is funded by the federal government.
WHY DOES IT REALLY MEAN SOMETHING?
The digital health hub was created to bring the health ecosystem’s stakeholders together to address unmet requirements spanning from telemedicine and machine intelligence to diagnostics and tracking devices and monitors. It will serve as an epicentre for transdisciplinary research, having skills in architecture, data science, information systems, health and biomedical sciences, design, and social sciences, as well as business and law.
Aside from research, the centre aims to improve the digital skills of the health sector by providing training through RMIT Online, which includes courses and postgraduate programmes.
The RMIT Digital Health Hub has been participating in an international programme for people in developing nations in the Asia-Pacific region who have lower limb amputations, physical impairment, and mental health difficulties. The programme, which is being provided via RMIT’s e-learning platforms as well as face-to-face training, began in Indonesia last month and will shortly expand to Cambodia and Timor-Leste.
Through RMIT Europe, the centre is also sponsoring a research initiative in the European Union that is developing a digital health awareness program that encourages European consumers to utilise digital technology.
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
The COVID-19 epidemic has resulted in a tremendous acceleration of healthcare innovation, but this is only the beginning. The Digital Health Hub might very well play a critical role in the development, screening, and installation of various innovations to endorse citizen wellness goals in the home and community, and it will take a multi-sectoral strategy to co-design remedies to today’s health and care problems, said Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Director of the RMIT Digital Health Hub.