DARE to be different

Austin Health and the University of Melbourne are getting together to set up a new Database Analytics Research and Evaluation Centre (DARE) to explore the use of health data to support research.

Austin Health CEO Sue Shilbury said the centre would involve a sophisticated data sharing and storage platform to translate research findings into clinical systems that will improve patient care.

University of Melbourne dean of medicine Shitij Kapur said the partnership would enable access to national and international health-related databases, and help provide enhanced training in clinical and population health informatics.

“The potential benefits in health care are enormous, including understanding the epidemiology of disease, training of medical students and other health care workers in the field of bio-informatics, through to improved resource allocation,” Professor Kapur said.

The interim clinical lead will be Austin Health critical care research director Rinaldo Bellomo, who said DARE will use large data sets to improve the understanding of patient care.

“It will improve the way we treat patients at Austin Health,” Professor Bellomo said. “We also hope to take this model of data analytics beyond Austin Health to the state of Victoria and the nation.”

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Tags: Austin Health, University of Melbourne

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