The UNSW Sydney School of Public Health and Community Medicine was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth (WHOCC-eHealth) in March 2018, to be headed by Prof Teng Liaw.
The WHOCC-eHealth will work closely with WHO to enable successful implementation and evaluation of digital health projects.
A specific focus is to review the status and effectiveness of toolkits and protocols to guide the co-creation (including the development, testing, implementation and evaluation) of digital health interventions in member countries. The primary aim is to develop or adapt toolkits and implementation guides and to conduct formative and summative evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of these toolkits in the implementation, scale-up, maintenance and sustainability of digital health interventions in improving health services and health outcomes in a range of health conditions with a range of population groups in high, middle and low-income countries as well as Pacific Island countries where the infrastructure is suboptimal.
A second aim is to build capacity in implementation and evaluation skills in lower and middle income countries. These will involve short courses and support activities in the field or in UNSW Sydney.
While the approach is global, these projects will be developed and resourced in collaboration with the WHO in the Asia Pacific, through WPRO and SEARO.
To achieve its vision comprehensively, the WHOCC-eHealth research and development program encompass the following elements:
1. Infrastructure & tools to extract, link, share and use digital data
- Accessible and equitable care of individuals and populations
- Safety, quality, cost-effectiveness and coordination of care in health neighbourhoods
2. Digital Health & mHealth tools and activities
- vulnerable groups e.g. falls monitoring or COPD exacerbations
- enable smart homes and communities through the Internet of Things
3. Citizen engagement & social enterprise
- Capability Maturity and Community Readiness
- Local health alliances and social enterprise
4. Implementation and evaluation of digital health infrastructure, tools and other innovations outlined above.