Pippa Dorricott – new Executive Officer, AI Alliance

Pippa joins us as the new Executive Officer for the Alliance and Business Manager for CHI, AIHI. She’s joined the AIHI from working at the Kolling Institute, where she was the Program Manager for the Northern Sydney Academic Health Science Centre, working in partnership with the University of Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health District.

Her previous experience encompasses a wide range of educational environments from developing enterprise projects with health promotion groups in rural Zimbabwe in the 1990s, to being a Head of Department in a large secondary school in the UK in the 2000s.

We look forward to Pippa working with the AI Alliance to further develop networks for AI in Australian Healthcare.

Centre for Health Informatics 21st Anniversary Symposium
The reinvention of healthcare – two decades of digital transformation

Monday 11 July 2022, 9:30am – 4pm

On campus & online

Join us to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Centre for Health Informatics with a full day of stimulating presentations, discussions, and networking.

Together we will journey through the decades, showcasing our ground-breaking research and industry-changing successes. We’ll also look to the future with ambitious and sometimes challenging ideas.

The 21st Anniversary Symposium will open with Macquarie University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce Dowton and with keynote speaker, Professor Michael Kidd AM. We will hear from our alumni, colleagues and friends, bringing to life where we were, where we have been, and above all where we are going.

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Professor Karin Verspoor’s latest podcast

Prof Verspoor has been applying her AI skills in the biomedical domain since 2003, addressing problems ranging from information extraction of biological concepts and events, to the use of text mining to support interpretation of biological data, to detection and prediction of disease from clinical data.

Prof Verspoor is an Executive Dean, School of Computing Technologies at RMIT University. She is a senior academic leader, with a strong desire to create inclusive, cohesive, and productive collaborative research and educational environments. She is also passionate about supporting #WomenInSTEM and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Driving AI for the future of medicine

AEHRC wins international competition in machine learning

The AEHRC medical analysis team worked around the clock on their projects for ImageCLEF Medical 2022, coming 1st in the “detect tuberculosis from 3D chest CT images” task and 3rd in the “predict concepts from medical images/ generate captions from medical images”.

Participants came from a large variety of fields including information retrieval (e.g., text, vision, audio, multimedia, social media, sensor data), machine learning, deep learning, data mining, natural language processing, image and video processing; with special emphasis on the challenges of multi-modality, multilinguality, and interactive search.

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Digital Health Hub launched at RMIT

A new hub designed to drive digital health innovation to support healthcare transformation and citizen health in Australia and across the globe was officially launched in Melbourne on Wednesday 1 June.

The launch of the RMIT Digital Health Hub, which will work closely with industry to solve unmet industry needs, from virtual care and artificial intelligence to diagnostic and monitoring wearables and sensors, was announced at the Digital Health Festival – Australia’s largest festival on the future of healthcare.

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Macquarie’s Graduate Research Academy has announced five scholarships will be offered to PhD applicants from the Ukraine whose plans for further academic study have been disrupted

A great opportunity for potential candidates to study in the areas of Health Informatics or Medical AI. Successful applicants cannot be current Macquarie students, must be citizens of the Ukraine currently residing offshore, be qualified to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy program and they will ideally have confirmation of supervision from an eligible Macquarie University researcher.

Please contact: shlomo.berkovsky@mq.edu.au

Further information

Australian Centre for Health Engagement, Evidence and Values (ACHEEV) webinar
Algorithmic bias in healthcare Artificial Intelligence: Scientific accuracy and social justice

Thursday, 23 June 2022, 3:00pm-4:30pm AEST

This webinar will address a key social and ethical concern for Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications in healthcare: algorithmic bias, which occurs when automated decision-making results in a pattern of unfair or inequitable outcomes. In this webinar, preliminary findings will be presented from The Algorithm Will See You Now (NHMRC Ideas Grant 1181960).

For more information and to register for free, please see Eventbrite page: https://bit.ly/3sImgCD

Recent papers involving Alliance partners

Family informatics, Coiera E, Yin K, Sharan RV, Akbar S, Vedantam S, Xiong H, Waldie J, Lau AYS. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2022: ocac049, https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocac049

Early prediction of diagnostic-related groups and estimation of hospital cost by processing clinical notes Liu J, Capurro D, Nguyen A, Verspoor. npj Digital Medicine. 2021, 4:103 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-021-00474-9

Explainability and artificial intelligence in medicine Reddy S. The Lancet Digital Health 4 (4), e214-e215 https://doi.org/10.1016/S2589-7500(22)00029-2

Detection of self-harm and suicidal ideation in emergency department triage notes Rozova V, Witt K, Robinson J, Li Y, Verspoor K. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2022, 29 (3), p472–480, https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocab261

Self-care Behaviours and Technology utilised during COVID-19: Systematic Review, Sakur FJ, Ward K, Khatri NN, Lau AYS. JMIR Human Factors.2022, https://doi.org/10.2196/35173. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35442904.

Identifying daily activities of patient work for type 2 diabetes and co-morbidities: a deep learning and wearable camera approach Xiong H, Phan HN, Yin K, Shlomo Berkovsky, Jung J, Lau AYS.  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2022: ocac071, https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocac071

Consumer Workarounds during the COVID-19 pandemic: Analysis and Technology Implications Using the SAMR Framework, Yin K, Coiera E, Jung J, Rohilla U, Lau AYS. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2022: ocac061. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocac061. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35477787.

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