Future Health Today: Pilot project at Altona North Medical Group and Shepparton Medical Centre
Most Australians visit a GP; 2 million people visit a GP each week. Information is constantly being collected that can be analysed to identify patients at risk of developing chronic disease. Future Health Today is a research project being undertaken by The University of Melbourne and Western Health, in partnership with participating general practices, that analyses information from general practices to develop technology that can enable the automated detection of chronic disease and chronic disease risk. This will provide new information about how chronic conditions should be treated, and new opportunities for earlier treatment.
Future Health Today is initially focusing on cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. The technological platform and tools integrate decision-support and pathways of care into a GP's everyday workflow. It is being developed to include other chronic diseases in the future.
The Chief Investigators, from University of Melbourne and Western Health are nationally and internationally regarded researchers in conduct of radomised controlled trials, with expertise in general practice, nephrology, computer and data engineering, statistics and health economics.
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, AC (Clinical Chief Investigator)
Dr Karyn Alexander (MACH Fellow)
Future Health Today is being undertaken with help from a team of people at the University of Melbourne, Western Health, and staff at general practices - we thank them all.
Future Health Today has been made possible by philanthropic funding, and support from University of Melbourne and Western Health. If you are interested in being a partner so that this important work can continue, contact Research, Innovation and Commercial Engagement at The University of Melbourne.
Future Health Today is supported by a 2019 Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant and Fellowship (Dr Karyn Alexander).