Health Services and Clinical Informatics Subcommittee
The Health Services and Clinical Informatics Subcommittee is made up of members across MACH sites, co-chaired by Professors Harriet Hiscock and Dave Story. The goal of the subcommittee is to promote engagement and funding opportunities for Health Services and Clinical Informatics research across MACH. To achieve this the subcommittee aims to:
facilitate networking and collaborative opportunities across the community, primary, secondary and tertiary care
promote the implementation of evidence-based delivery of care at a community and national level
foster health services and clinical informatics training
assist in the submission of quality grant applications that address concerns from a consumer perspective
In 2018 an expression of interest was undertaken to appoint members to the subcommittee. Members include:
Prof Edward Janus
University of Melbourne
Professor Edward Janus is Director of Research at Western Health where he was previously Head of the General Internal Medicine Unit. He is an honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Western Health, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne. His PhD from London University was in genetic disorders of lipid metabolism particularly Familial Hypercholesterolaemia. Before that he obtained his MD with distinction from his alma mater, the University of Otago, on Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.
He is a consultant general physician as well as a chemical pathologist with broad expertise and a special clinical and research interest in the epidemiology and the primary and secondary prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in individuals as well as in the population. Edward’s other research interest is in translation and implantation research in hospital and community settings. He is a founder member and current Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Diseases and previous Chairman of the World Heart Foundation Council on Arteriosclerosis.
What is Health Services Research?
Multi-disciplinary field that aims to improve the health services patients receive in the community, primary, secondary and tertiary care by delivering services that are [STEEEP]:
• Timely and accessible
• Patient Centred
Uses theories of human behavior, evidence from medical science and health economics to examine how people get access to health care practitioners and health care services, how much care costs, and what happens to patients because of this care. Emphasis may be on improvement of services, not just benchmarking.
What is Clinical Informatics?
Study of information technology and how it can be applied to the healthcare field. Includes structuring data (i.e. collecting, storing, interpreting, analyzing) so that it can be effectively retrieved and used in a healthcare report or evaluation.
Terms of Reference
Facilitate networking and collaborative opportunities for health services and clinical informatics research across MACH partners that includes the community, primary, secondary and tertiary care
Encourage and assist in the submission of quality grant applications that address issues from a consumer perspective
Promote the implementation of evidence-based delivery of care within health systems at a community and national level
Engage with members of MACH to support and promote local research activities
Foster health services and clinical informatics training using leading health systems methodologies