Launch of Chair in Digital Health and Telemedicine

14 July 2021

New innovations in digital health, telehealth and patient care are set to be expanded in Western Australia thanks to a new research appointment between St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Professor Yogesan Kanagasingam has been appointed the Chair in Digital Health and Telemedicine at the University of Notre Dame and will focus on building contemporary and cutting-edge practices in digital health and telehealth plans at the hospital.

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals CEO Michael Hogan said the hospital was delighted with the new arrangement which will support research, education, training and commercialisation in digital health.

“The Chair and the team will support creation of a digital plan and develop world-class translational research to improve patient care at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals,” Michael said.

Professor Yogesan Kanagasingam said he was honoured to be appointed as the inaugural chair.

“As the Chair I will lead research into digital interventions that could help improve quality, safety and efficiency of patient care,” Prof Yogesan said.

The new appointment will help to build the digital workforce and upskill medical, nursing and allied health personnel at the hospital.

Previously, Professor Yogesan was the Director of the Australian Telehealth Research and Development Centre and worked at The University of Western Australia. He achieved a Fulbright Scholarship to Stanford University School of Medicine in 2011, where he worked on developing a non-invasive imaging device to screen premature babies for retinal abnormalities.

Highly recognised for his work to develop innovative technology for treating eye disease, Professor Yogesan has received numerous honours and awards.

He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and four books in telemedicine and digital homecare. In addition, he has a patent portfolio of more than 35 patent applications.

Professor Yogesan's expertise includes ophthalmic diagnostics and imaging, digital health, telemedicine, machine learning, artificial intelligence and imaging device development.

He has a strong passion for invention and innovation and considerable experience in commercialisation and building and developing products. His eye imaging device has been used at NASA’s International Space Station.

Professor Yogesan is a visiting scholar at Harvard University and has previously worked in the USA, Norway, Japan and Singapore.

Full release and further information can be found on the St John of God website.

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