Flinders and Cisco partner for health technologies research

Flinders University has set up a new research chair in the field of health technologies and the Internet of Everything (IoE) in association with networking giant Cisco.

The chair will be based at Flinders' new $120 million building at Tonsley, which was officially opened earlier this week.

Flinders at Tonsley will house the university's School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics as well as its Medical Device Research Institute and Centre for Nanoscale Technology.

According to the university, Flinders and Cisco have also established a Cisco Academy at Tonsley, with a curriculum designed to train students for jobs in internet-enabled technologies.

The partnership will help develop streamlined, internet-enabled health informatics with applications in personalised monitors and hand-held clinical devices, point-of-care testing and remotely managed health diagnostics.

Flinders' pro vice-chancellor (information services) Richard Constantine said the university had undergone a major technological renewal with Cisco and has the infrastructure in place to do exciting things in this area.

“Focused in the new Flinders building at Tonsley, our researchers can investigate ways to use technology to create new devices that will have a major impact on how we look after ourselves in the years to come,” Professor Constantine said in a statement.

“Having Cisco on board as a global leader in IoE will give us the capacity to do more of this work and do it more quickly.”

The partnership is set for an initial three years and will directly fund research in innovative health technologies undertaken at Tonsley.

Cisco Australia has also announced a $21 million, five-year investment in its Cisco Networking Academy program to work with universities and schools to train students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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