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Asia-Pacific Ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC)

 

 

Asia-Pacific Ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC) is a UNSW Research Centre established in 2007 that evolved from collaborative research led by Professor Pradeep Ray (APuHC Director) with academics from UNSW faculties of business, medicine and engineering, UNSW research institutes such as Australian Institute of Population and Ageing Research (AIPAR), Garvan Institute  and ARC Centre for Excellence CEPAR and industry bodies (e.g., Aged Care Industry IT Council) and overseas organizations (eg, WHO, IEEE, ITU-D and universities in Asia, Europe and North America). APuHC has been designated as a WHO collaborating centre from August 2013 as per the following terms of reference:


WHO Collaborating Centre Terms of references

 

  • To develop Models and Indicators for the assessment of eHealth/mHealth in improving access to and quality of healthcare delivery
  • To develop and evaluate mobile phone based applications for aged care, particularly for chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and COPD

 

Future projects

 

  • Evidence based Evaluation and Assessment of eHealth
  • Conduct a landscape Analysis of mHealth Solutions in the area of chronic diseases, elders and people with special needs
  • Use case Analysis to identify perceptions about the most important mobile health services to be provided for elders and people with special needs

 

Objectives

 

The main objectives of APuHC are to conduct collaborative research in ubiquitous healthcare (uHealth) using evolving information and communication technologies (eg, mobile phones), including:

 

  • Development and evaluation of uHealth Systems at different levels (network, applications, service, process and governance)
  • Development and assessment of eResearch infrastructure, such as Ontology-Based Multi Agent Systems (OBMAS), for the sharing of research data within and across academic disciplines including healthcare
  • Studies on the Impact of uHealth and mHealth (healthcare based on mobile phones) on various public health issues, such as smoking cessation, treatment of infectious diseases 
  • Models for integrating uHealth in governance and business processes in situations such as disasters
  • Paradigms for promoting healthy life with the help of governments and businesses
  • Intelligent care model for aged care based on the evolving service science paradigm
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