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Integrating healthcare and digital technology
From apps that help people with asthma to using health data to transform patient care, our researchers are exploring the ways we can harness digital technology to improve health and healthcare.

Digital technologies are changing the health landscape, with patients able to search for their symptoms online, and clinicians using virtual reality as part of treatment plans. Research in these areas is needed to keep up with changing technology and consumer and clinician behaviour.

Our researchers are working at the cutting-edge of this new field, expanding our understanding of how health and technology interact, and looking for ways in which we can use technology to improve health across different Australian contexts.

Areas undertaking research in this theme

Researchers across many of our schools, disciplines and facilities are undertaking research in this field.

  • Professor Ian Hickie and his team are conducting research into the use of e-mental health services by young Australians to manage anxiety and depression. This is giving young people the power to improve their own wellbeing and protect themselves from lifelong mental health problems.
  • Our researchers have found that mobile apps could potentially save lives by helping people with coronary heart disease keep on top of their medication – Apps a timely reminder for those on heart medication.
Key researchers

Learn more about research at the Sydney Medical School.

Researchers at the Sydney Pharmacy School have collaborated with young people with asthma to design an app that helps them manage their condition. The app is designed to engage young people with asthma so they can develop effective self-management skills and strategies to manage their condition. The app is undergoing further development and testing.

Learn more about research at the Sydney Pharmacy School.

Our researchers are using mobile devices and health data to transform health and wellness, working across a wide variety of areas including cardiology and cancer. 

We look at a range of eHealth applications including consumer-facing programs, to determine how we can develop sophisticated clinical decision support systems and link clinical performance with improvement and professional development using health data.

We were recently awarded the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre - a transformative $229 million (including in-kind contributions) investment to improve the health of Australians and advance the economy in a first-of-its-kind digital health partnership. In addition to researching the impact of eHealth on healthcare delivery, we are also working with state and federal governments to increase the capacity of the health workforce to operate in a fully digital healthcare system.


Learn more about research at the Sydney School of Health Sciences.

Centres, institutes and groups


  • Cyberpsychology Research Group
    Working with industry partners, NGO's and government organisations on digital solutions that aim to positively impact health outcomes, as well as expanding education and training in the field of cyberpsychology and digital health.
  • Digital Health and Informatics Network
  • The DHIN is a collaborative effort across several valuable partners in our community. Our partners include the University of Sydney, Sydney Health Partners. Cancer Network, the Charles Perkins Centre, Brain & Mind Centre, Northern Sydney Local Health District, Western Sydney Local Health District, and the Children’s Hospital Network.
  • Health and clinical analytics
    The Health and Clinical Analytics team has established a collaborative network of international researchers, clinicians, statisticians and community members to improve the delivery of healthcare through novel research methods and analytics.
  • Research in Implementation Science and eHealth (RISE)
  • The RISE group is a unit within the Sydney School of Health Sciences that works at the nexus between practice, behaviour change and service improvement.
  • Westmead Applied Research Centre
  • The pioneering Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) focuses on improving population health in western Sydney by delivering world-class research and using digital health interventions and therapeutics.
  • National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) are Australia’s leading centre of expertise in health classification systems and their applications. Our team consists of Australia’s top experts in health classifications and we can assist in the development, implementation and use of classifications for multiple purposes.
  • The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use brings together world-leading researchers, clinicians and community to share skills, synergise data, harness new technologies and trial innovative programs for mental and substance use disorders.