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Dimensions of Intelligent Analytics for Smart Digital Health Solutions

Posted on: March 25, 2024

This opinion piece was contributed by the editor of the book "Dimensions of Intelligent Analytics for Smart Digital Health Solutions", Nilmini Wickramasinghe, professor and Optus Chair of Digital Health at La Trobe University.

Brief summary of the book "Dimensions of Intelligent Analytics for Smart Digital Health Solutions"

This book shows how the tools, techniques, technologies, and tactics around analytics and AI can be best leveraged and utilised to realise a healthcare value proposition of better quality, better access and high value for everyone every day, everywhere. The book presents a triumvirate approach including technical, business and medical aspects of data and analytics and by so doing takes a responsible approach to this key area.


  1. What are the current issues faced by the healthcare industry?

The healthcare industry is facing several challenges such as escalating costs, rapid increase in chronic conditions, an ageing population and longer life expectancy, volumes of data generated by EMRs and EHRs and a jaded workforce as well as workforce shortages.

  1. How do analytics and AI help to address these challenges?

AI and analytics enable the volumes of data to be turned into pertinent information and germane knowledge. This in turn enables precise and simultaneously personalized care delivery. Further, it also enables high quality, high

value care to be delivered to everyone, every time and everywhere.

  1. What are the new opportunities and benefits of using these modern technologies?

There are many opportunities including digital twins for more precise and personalized care and blockchain for ensuring a high level of privacy and security.


  1. What are the potential challenges in the adoption of these technologies?

It is important that these solutions are co-designed with clinicians and patients providing input to ensure they are fit for purpose.


  1. Why do you think it's important that healthcare professionals keep up to date with the latest technological developments in the healthcare industry? 

 In order to provide the best treatment protocols to patients healthcare professionals need to keep up with the latest technological developments because advances in care pathways are now integrally linked with new and emerging technology capabilities.