Special Issue "Digital Health and the Learning Healthcare System"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Clair Sullivan
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Guest Editor
Digital Health Research Network, Centre for Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia
Interests: digital health; clinical informatics; data and analytics; translation of new technology into healthcare practice

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The current methods of healthcare delivery are no longer sustainable. Global pandemics and an aging population are creating significant demands for new models of healthcare, and in order to evolve new models of care, a learning healthcare system is required. A learning healthcare system is a digitally connected network, where routinely collected data are re-invested and re-used to create new knowledge and drive iterative quality improvement. Digital health is the enabler for new models of healthcare delivery; however, little is known about how to develop a safe and effective digital learning healthcare system. This issue examines how digital health contributes to a learning healthcare system, particularly along three digital health horizons:

1. Digital foundations: How are effective digital health workflows established? How is effective digital transformation in healthcare achieved? How is digital disruption best managed?

2. Data and analytics: How is the data cycle managed effectively in healthcare? How can data be leveraged for acute care, public health and healthcare promotion? How is the full spectrum of analytics (descriptive, predictive and prescriptive) deployed effectively to improve health?

3. Transforming healthcare: How can digital workflows and data and analytics be leveraged to create new models of care? Can we shift from traditional break–fix health care to predict–prevent? How do we evaluate and improve new models of care? How do healthcare providers and consumers navigate the change driven by new healthcare models?

Dr. Clair Sullivan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • digital health
  • clinical informatics
  • data and analytics
  • innovation
  • quality improvement
  • clinical redesign

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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