Investigating the future of mobile computing in health care

1 July 2009

Mobile computing promises to enable a wide range of beneficial innovations in health care. This can range from assisting health consumers through innovative mobile device-based software applications, providing new support to the work of health care workers, new approaches for community-based care and even the enablement of new health research methodologies.

Under the direction of Professor Robert Steele, the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney has recently formed the Health Informatics, Computation and Innovation Lab to investigate the potential of such computing media in health. Professor Steele's areas of research expertise include the application of mobile, wireless and Internet technologies to the health care domain, in particular secure electronic health records systems and sensor technologies.

Professor Robert Steele
Professor Robert Steele

Steele is Head of the Discipline of Health Informatics at the Faculty and was recently elected as the Vice Chair of the premier international mobile computing research association, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMOBILE, commencing July 1 2009 and serving until 2011. Other candidates and appointees for the positions in the SIGMOBILE elections included Professors and other research leaders from organisations such as Intel Research Santa Clara, the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Professor Steele's election in this position gives a unique international opportunity for the Faculty to provide leadership in this fertile research junction of health and computing.

The organisation will fly Professor Steele to New York in October 2009 for a gathering with fellow newly elected ACM Special Interest Group leaders. The New York head-quartered ACM has over 92,000 members in over 100 countries.

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