Digital disruption the key to future healthcare

October 11, 2017

Digital disruption: Professor Matthew Bellgard sheds light on how big data will shape the future for health.

The success of global health endeavours rests on the shoulders of information communication technology advancement, according to a Murdoch University expert.

Professor Matthew Bellgard is the Director of the Centre for Comparative Genomics and Foundation Chair of Bioinformatics at Murdoch University.

Tonight he will present the prestigious Dennis Moore Oration for the annual Australian Computer Society in Western Australia, speaking on how we need to embrace digital disruption to advance clinical research.

“Digital disruption is the process of how integrated technologies can affect our lives and reshape our economic, social, cultural, and human environments through sheer pace, scope and impact,” Professor Bellgard said.

“In recent decades it has been widely recognised that information communication technology solutions and their application can potentially offer many opportunities to transform healthcare and clinical research.

“Technological disruption can play a major role in fields such as dementia and cancer care, chronic and rare disease diagnosis and management, vaccine development.”

Professor Bellgard will draw on his experience working with a wide range of healthcare stakeholders in hospital settings, departments of health, clinical services and in rare disease communities.

Originally trained in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence, Professor Bellgard now leads a vibrant interdisciplinary team that has expertise in bioinformatics, digital health, molecular therapies, genomics, biosecurity, software development and cloud computing.

The Oration will outline his journey as a computer scientist making a contribution to human health research and development and healthcare service delivery, while highlighting the future directions.

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