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Diagnostic Informatics at the 57th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists
Diagnostic Informatics Research Fellow Dr Mary Dahm will present a keynote address at the 57th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists in October in Adelaide. The conference theme is "Clinical Biochemistry - Optimising Value in Healthcare", and Dr Dahm will be speaking about "The Far Side of the Moon - Quality use of pathology - the post-analytical phase".
The conference will also feature Visiting Fellow Professor Andrea Rita Horvath on the effective communication of significant results, and the development of an innovative course for the development of systematic reviews to provide evidence for alert thresholds for critical laboratory results. The course was developed by the Diagnostic Informatics team, including Dr Rae-Anne Hardie, Ms Julie Li, Dr Que Lam, Professor Andrea Rita Horvath and Professor Andrew Georgiou, with input from Diagnostic Informatics Higher Degree Research students Craig Campbell and Wilson Punyalack, in conjunction with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (RCPA-AACB) Critical Laboratory Results Working Party. The reviews will inform the creation of harmonised best practice guidelines in Australasia to improve the practice of evidence-based laboratory medicine (EBLM) in the diagnostic process.
Preventing Overdiagnosis conference 2019
This December, the seventh international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, will feature two oral presentations from the Diagnostic Informatics team at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Macquarie University.
Diagnostic Informatics PhD candidate Mr Gorkem Sezgin, supervised by Professor Andrew Georgiou, will present a decade of evidence in “Vitamin D test ordering practices of Australian general practitioners between 2007 and 2017: evidence from electronic health records”. Mr Sezgin’s research determined the procedures and diagnoses associated with the utilisation of vitamin D testing among Australian general practitioners and described the change in its use throughout the last decade.
The conference will also feature “A snapshot of prostate-specific antigen testing in general practices across three Primary Health Networks in Victoria” by Diagnostic Informatics Biostatistician Mr Guilherme Franco, Associate Professor Ling Li and Professor Andrew Georgiou. The team investigated the use of a screening testing for prostate cancer in general practice beyond the recommended frequency and target population among Australian men.
Both presentations raise awareness of potential unnecessary testing during the diagnostic process.
The conference will be held in Sydney, Australia on the 5-7th of December 2019.
Dr Rae-Anne Hardie presents at the Aurora Research Showcase in Melbourne
On Thursday 18th July Diagnostic Informatics Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Dr Rae-Anne Hardie presented the team’s work on the Quality Use of Pathology in General Practice at the Aurora Research Showcase in Melbourne. The event was hosted by Diagnostic Informatics partner Outcome Health at the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, and showcased the use of Outcome Health’s POpulation Level Analysis and Reporting (POLAR) tool. The showcase was attended by researchers, clinicians, data managers and Primary Health Networks (PHNs), and provided the opportunity to learn how POLAR-supported research benefits PHNs and primary care.
AIHI Diagnostic Informatics team host the opening session of a ground-breaking 16-week course
On Friday the 14th June, the Diagnostic Informatics team from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University hosted a workshop to mark the start of a ground-breaking 16-week course on the ‘Development of systematic reviews to provide evidence for alert thresholds for critical laboratory results’.
AIHI Diagnostic Informatics research on rapid diagnostic testing for respiratory viruses to be published internationally
For respiratory viruses like the flu, Dr Nasir Wabe and a research team including Associate Professor Ling Li, Dr Mary Dahm, Professor Johanna Westbrook and Professor Andrew Georgiou have found there are better patient and laboratory outcomes associated with rapid diagnostic testing in Emergency Departments compared to standard testing. The research will be published in the Medical Journal of Australia and the American Society for Microbiology’s Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
AIHI Diagnostic Informatics systematic review of the impact of Health Information Technology on test result management to be published in JAMIA
Ms Yu Jia Julie Li, Dr Mary Dahm, Professor Johanna Westbrook and Professor Andrew Georgiou from the Diagnostic Informatics stream of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research have conducted a systematic review of the evidence on “The impact of Health Information Technology on the management and follow-up of test results”. It has been accepted for publication in the highly regarded Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), the Association’s premier peer-reviewed journal for biomedical and health informatics.
Tribute to Howard Morris
The Diagnostics Informatics research team at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation was saddened to hear the news of the passing of Professor Howard Morris.
Howard visited our team in Sydney last year on September 26, 2018, and spent a good part of the day exploring research ideas and proposals with us. He followed this up with a memorable presentation of his ideas and work at an Australian Institute of Health Innovation seminar at Macquarie University. Howard worked hard with us to build a diagnostic informatics research collaboration. Like so many others, we were the beneficiaries of his extensive laboratory science knowledge and expertise and greatly valued the experience of working with him. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
AIHI Diagnostic Informatics research to feature prominently at the 2nd Australasian ‘Diagnostic Error in Medicine’ Conference
This year, the conference will feature several team members from the Diagnostic Informatics stream of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, including two keynote presentations by Professor Rita Horvath and Dr Mary Dahm an interactive symposium with Professor Andrew Georgiou and oral presentations of the latest work from Dr Rae-Anne Hardie and Ms Melissa Miao. Read more here.
New AIHI Diagnostic Informatics research on high-risk diagnostic test results presented at Australia’s leading pathology conference
Diagnostic Informatics Master of Research student Wilson Punyalack recently presented his research on high-risk diagnostic test results at the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Annual Conference in Melbourne in February, Australia’s leading pathology conference. Wilson’s research team included Professor Andrew Georgiou, Dr Rae-Anne Hardie, Associate Professor Ling Li and Ms Yu Jia Julie Li.