Health provider broadband connectivity: a review of technical requirements

Information technology Broadband Infrastructure Hospitals Health informatics Medical technology Australia

Over the next 5 to 10 years high-speed broadband will enable a number of new services in the health sector including telemedicine consultations, electronic health records, eLearning for clinicians, and personalised medicine and participatory healthcare. Currently there are a variety of piecemeal data connectivity arrangements with multiple connections and service providers in the health sector. For the healthcare sector to take advantage of high-speed broadband, delivering an efficient and effective transformation of service delivery and supply chain reform, integrated planning and better coordination of data connectivity are essential.

At present there is little information exchange and knowledge sharing across the health sector. This project addresses this gap in knowledge and will develop a systematic and strategic map of health provider connectivity pathways. The research team will review scientific, technical and policy literature to analyse data connectivity requirements in health care environments producing a white paper that will inform debate within the sector. In addition to the literature review, empirical research will explore the typical current arrangements and future requirements among major Victorian health provider organisations. Finally, this project will develop service delivery models to support the financing, management and governance of data connectivity.

Authors: Project team
Cecily Gilbert
Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne
Kathleen Gray
Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne
Fernando Jose Martin-Sanchez
Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne
Shanika Karunasekera
Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne
Vikram Bhakoo
Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne
Susan Harrison
Australian Centre for Health Innovation
Frank Smolenaers
Australian Centre for Health Innovation
Joanne Egan
Australian Centre for Health Innovation


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