Maeder makes a move south to digital health technology centre

Former Western Sydney University professor of health informatics Anthony Maeder has jumped ship to become Australia's first chair in digital health systems at Flinders University’s new Flinders Centre for Digital Health Technologies.

Professor Maeder is well known in telehealth circles as a former president of the Australasian Telehealth Society and for setting up Western Sydney University’s TeleHealth Research and Innovation Laboratory (THRIL).

According to a statement from Flinders, Professor Maeder plans on taking machine learning concepts developed at THRIL to the next level at Flinders by making use of advanced devices to monitor the health of the aged at home, alongside interactive assistive systems including avatars and chat bots.

“At Flinders, we will initially focus on the smart home for health and online healthcare areas, striving to achieve a greater degree of integration and interoperation of complex sets of systems components,” he said.

“This technology has the potential to transform the healthcare environment of some of our most vulnerable citizens and will put Flinders University and South Australia at the centre of an innovation storm in digital health systems.”

The new Flinders centre is supported by funding from the South Australian government and Cisco. Flinders also hosts a Medical Device Research Institute and a medical device partnering program.

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