eHealth Innovator Using Human Centred Design

Frank Smolenaers has more than 36 years of public health experience, initially as a medical laboratory scientist, researcher & lab manager; then as a health IT engineer, consultant and Chief Technology Officer (21 years).

He is the founding Director of Technology at the Alfred Health Australian Centre for Health Innovation where he advises on the technology components of health research.  Additionally, he operates a simulated digital health design laboratory for eHealth solution development, and End User engagement within a $13m mock hospital and IT test bed.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow and sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC), to assist with eHealth research (such as 3D non-contact falls), and to develop and deliver curriculum for the UoM IT Infrastructure in eHealth elective for the Master of Information Technology Specialisation in Health.

Additionally, Frank is an Adjunct Research Fellow, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University’s Central Clinical School, due to his extensive contribution to improving healthcare delivery by the appropriate use of technology.

Working with the trauma team at the Alfred Health National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI), Frank is also a co-researcher in the Australia – India Trauma Systems Collaboration (AITSC) research project, aiming to reduce the burden of major trauma in India.

To date, registries and apps have been developed to record information and provide pre-hospital notification of trauma cases en route to hospitals.

Frank is now working on a digital wayfinding smartphone app called PowerNav currently in pilot across the Alfred Hospital public areas, as well as building “Sensory Mindfulness” prototype carts, app and content that can be wheeled into patient cubicles to assist with calming agitated patients.

As recognition for extensive applied experience in health technology and academic teaching, Frank has been recently awarded a Fellow to the Australasian College of Health Informatics (FACHI).

Full Contact Details:

Frank Smolenaers FACHI, MACS (Snr) CP

Director of Technology. Australian Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) – A Division of Alfred Health

Honorary Research Fellow, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC), The University of Melbourne

Co-investigator and CTO, Australia-India Trauma Systems Collaboration (AITSC)
Adjunct Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

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