Enrico Coiera

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently awarded internationally recognised informatics expert Professor Enrico Coiera $1.5 million for the project: Bringing artificial intelligence into the real world of healthcare – the implementation challenge.

The five-year research program will focus on three foundational challenges to bringing artificial intelligence (AI) into the clinical world. To ensure AI is safe, the 1st challenge, the program will research optimal mechanisms for surveillance and governance of AI safety. The 2nd challenge addressed is the lack of genuine independent testing of claims for the benefits of AI. The 3rd challenge for clinical AI is that good performance in one setting may not be repeated in even closely related settings.

The latest round of the NHMRC Investigator Grants was announced by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt. NHMRC Investigator Grants are awarded to academics who are amongst the very best researchers in the country, and genuine leaders in their field.

“The funding will bring a much-needed boost to AI-focussed healthcare research. I’ll be hiring soon to grow our team and solve these critical issues for AI in healthcare,” said Professor Coiera.

Professor Coiera has worked in health informatics for over three decades and has a wide range of interests in the application of information and communication technologies (eHealth, Digital Health, Artificial Intelligence in Health) to solving health service delivery problems. He emphasises the importance of working on inpatient clinical problems, as well as developing robust theoretical work to support the applied nature of much of this discipline.

Professor Coiera is a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) and founded the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.