The Health Information Technologies Research Laboratory (HITRL) is based in the School of Information Technologies in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Sydney, Australia. The principal expertises of the Laboratory are in Language Technology, Software Engineering, and Information Systems.
The research of the Laboratory is centred on Language Technology in clinical settings. Historically the members of the group have been successful in using innovative computational linguistic methods to develop language technology to a very high level of performance. From 2002-2004 the developed the Scamseek system for the Australian Government’s Australian Security and Investment Commission (ASIC). This work was recognized in 2005 by the Laboratory leader, Professor Jon Patrick, being awarded Australia’s premier annual science award, the Eureka Prize for ICT. Since mid-2005 the Laboratory has used the research and software engineering experience from the Scamseek project to extend its activities into the health sector, such as the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. This engagement has led not only to further developments in language technology but other developments in clinical information systems with a concomitant large software engineering effort also. We have been warmly welcomed with this expertise, provided funding for projects, setting up international collaborations, and the development of new technologies to enhance incumbent clinical information systems.