Country Health SA team at forefront of AI breakthrough

Thursday, 26 October 2017

A team of Country Health SA clinicians and South Australian IT experts have won a Federal Government grant to develop an Australian-first cloud-based artificial intelligence digital health platform that ultimately aims to keep people out of hospital.

At the AusBiotech Conference in Adelaide today, a consortium led by Country Health SA’s Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (iCCnet) was awarded a $340,000 grant to develop an AI platform that collates clinical data and automatically assesses peoples’ health risk whether presenting to hospital or at home.

Clinical Director at iCCnet, Phil Tideman, said for the past decade Country Health SA’s iCCnet team has been working on developing a number of clinical databases that collect data real time – including blood test and ECG results.

“What we’re trying to do now is apply sophisticated IT techniques to bring data together, which will enable us to make better clinical decisions,” Dr Tideman said.

“By bringing the data together in a cloud-based platform, we can continuously monitor patients’ health risk while they’re at home or in the Emergency Department.

“IT applications that automatically monitor the data will aim to highlight those who need early intervention, allowing our doctors and specialists to act before a health issue becomes more serious, aiming to keep people out of hospital where possible.”

CEO of MTPConnect, Sue MacLeman, said MTPConnect’s Project Fund Program is a competitive, dollar-for-dollar matched funding program investing in big, bold ideas to improve the productivity competitiveness and innovative capacity of Australia’s medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector.

“By supporting a project such as the cloud-based digital health platform, we believe we will are helping to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of people in Australia and around the world,” Ms MacLeman said.

“This year, MTPConnect, which is supported by the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative, has selected 20 national MTP projects to receive $7.385 million in funding over two years with proposed matched funding of $15.2 million coming from the sector.”

Country Health SA CEO Maree Geraghty congratulated the iCCnet team on their outstanding success.

“This is a fantastic acknowledgment of the groundbreaking work being done by the team which will improve patient outcomes for people initially in rural and regional SA and then eventually around the country and potentially the globe,” Ms Geraghty said.

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