School of Public Health and Community Medicine

WHO CC eHealth Projects

Current research projects

Current funded projects to underpin the R&D program are summarised below.  More information on the projects can be found at and  

Title: Standardization and harmonization of Australian general practice and hospital data to international common data model

Method: OHDSI analytics tools; risk prediction algorithm development

Expected Outcome: ePBRN data repository in OMOP Common Data Model compliant with OHDSI tools for collaborative big data research

Theme: Enabling platform technologies (1)


Title: Survey of Enterprise architecture in AeHIN member countries (SEARO & WPRO)

Method: Survey of member countries

Expected Outcome: Report to support and guide planning

Theme: Enabling platform technologies (1)


Title: Predictive analytics from at home telemonitoring of vital signs (ARC-Linkage)

Method: Data analytics using informatics and statistics tools

Expected Outcome: Data analytics tools and methods along with evidence from home telemonitoring

Theme: Enabling platform technologies (1)


  • Argha A, Savkin A, Liaw ST, Celler BG. Analyzing the effect of seasonal variation on clinical outcome of an at-home telemonitoring trial. JMIR 2018; 6 (1): e16. doi:10.2196/medinform.9680


Title: Systematic literature reviews on mHealth for healthy ageing and integrated service delivery in WPRO countries

Method: Literature review

Expected Outcome:  Reports and publications to guide planning for eHealth activities in member countries of WPRO

Theme: Internet of Things/mHealth (2)


Title: Continuity of care in the Fairfield and Wollondilly Integrated health neighbourhoods (IHN)

Method: Data analytics using observational data from EHR/HIS

Expected Outcome:  Mature protocols & tools to measure continuity of care and assess impact on service use, care, health status & risk factors

Theme: Internet of Things/mHealth (2)


  • Liaw ST, de Lusignan S. An integrated health neighbourhood framework to optimise the use of EHR data. J Innov Health Inform. 2016; 23(3): 547-554


Title: Detection of falls in Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) patients using mobile phone

Method: In-clinic mobile app to assess CIPN severity

Expected Outcome: The clinical feasibility assessment will be completely carried out in a clinical setting and we anticipate to expand this project in the next phase by monitoring the patients remotely for CIPN symptoms and severity

Theme: Internet of Things/mHealth (2)


Title: Telemonitoring and early detection of COPD exacerbations. (UNSW SPHERE)

Method: Software development and application

Expected Outcome: Mature app and system with utility & acceptance study done

Theme: Internet of Things/mHealth (2)


Title: Platform for Collab Research on Smart Home and Smart Campus Technologies and Applications

Method: Software development and testing

Expected Outcome: Digital platform to test apps and link app data to EHR/HIS

Theme: Enabling platform technologies (1)


Title: Global eHealth, social enterprise & citizen engagement to achieve SDGs (Scientia PhD Scholarship 2017)

Method: Mixed method

Expected Outcome: framework development and test

Theme: Internet of Things/mHealth (2)


Title: Preventing chronic disease in patients with low health literacy using e-health and teamwork in PHC.  (NHMRC APP1125681)

Method: App development with user-testing and conduct of an RCT

Expected Outcome: The cost-effectiveness of an eHealth-supported team care demonstrated with a RCT

Theme: Internet of Things/mHealth (2)


Title: Total Cardiac Care – utilisation of a comprehensive smartphone app to improve patient care. (NSWH)

Method: RCT of the Total Cardiac Care app

Expected Outcome:  Mature cardiac care app and system with utility & acceptance study done and usefulness demonstrated

Theme: Internet of Things/mHealth (2)


Title: Researching the ELSI associated with implementation and use of digital tools and systems

Method: Workshop discussion

Expected Outcome:  professional and citizen/community engagement

Theme: Ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) (3)


  • Kaplan B, Liaw ST, Subbian V, Courtney K, Hochheiser H and Goodman KW. Promoting Ethical and Professional Responsibility in Biomedical Informatics Education. AMIA Ann Fall Meeting. Washington DC2017. Available at:
  • Chan T, Di Iorio CT, Kuziemsky C, Liaw ST, de Lusignan S, Lo Russo D. The UK National Data Guardian for health and care’s review of data security, consent and opt-outs: leadership in balancing public health with rights to privacy? J Innov Health Inform. 2016; 23(3): 627–632
  • Liyanage H, Liaw ST, Di Ioria CT, Kuziemsky C, Schreiber R, Terry AL, de Lusignan S. Building a privacy, ethics and data access framework for real world computerised medical record system data: A Delphi study. YearBk Med Informatics 2016; pp 138-145
  • Essén, A, Scandurra I, Gerrits R, Humphrey G, Johansen MA, Kiergegaard P, Koskinen J, Liaw ST, Odeh S, Ross P, Ancker JS. Patient Access to Electronic Health Records: Differences across Ten Countries." Health Policy and Technology (2017/11/21).


Title: Diffusion of eHealth planning, development, implementation and evaluation methodologies to other settings and countries to build capacity locally and globally, in collaboration with the WHO and international colleagues

Method: Assessing the Informatics Capability Maturity (ICM) of health facilities in member countries to collect, manage and share health data to a national level

Expected Outcome:  Enable valid, reliable, accurate and useful monitoring of care processes and their impacts on sustainable development goal (SDG-3)
Theme: Skills sharing and Capacity building (4)


  • Khatun F, Heywood AE, Hanifi SMA, Rahman MS, Ray PK, Liaw ST, et al. Gender differentials in readiness and use of mHealth services in a rural area of Bangladesh. BMC Health Services Research. 2017;17(573):11.
  • Liaw ST, Kearns R, Taggart J, Frank O, Lane R, Tam M, et al. The Informatics Capability Maturity of Integrated Primary Care Centres in Australia. Int J Med Informatics. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.06.002

Past research projects

Title: Implementation of HMIS (Digital Health)

Investigators: Dr Jitendra Jonnagaddala

Funding Source: WHO SEARO International consultancy


Planned future research projects:

Title: Global eHealth, social business and SDG - A synergy
Investigator: Mahfuz Ashraf

Title: Social media and mHealth for Tuberculosis disease monitoring in NSW, Australia
Investigator: Padmanesan Narasimhan

Title: Mapping hot-spots for Tuberculosis in NSW, Australia using GIS

Title: Capacity building in GIS and eHealth capabilities in health research
Investigators: Teng Liaw; Padmanesan Narasimhan
Collaborators: CRC SI, Australia

Title: ICT, Disability and eHealth
Investigator: Mahfuz Ashraf