26 July 2011

Professor named Chair at Epworth Hospital

Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe from the College of Business at RMIT University has been named Epworth Chair, Health Information Management, by Epworth HealthCare.

Professor Wickramasinghe has more than 15 years of research experience in the area of healthcare informatics and has been collaborating with Epworth HealthCare since she began at RMIT in December 2009.

Healthcare informatics is primarily focused on facilitating superior healthcare delivery by looking at resources, devices and methods to optimise the acquisition, storage, retrieval and security of information in health and biomedicine.

Epworth HealthCare currently sponsors five other Chairs, which are occupied by professors at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Deakin University. Professor Wickramasinghe’s appointment is a first for RMIT.

“I am honoured and excited by this unique opportunity,” she said.

“This role will allow me to collaborate with leading medical specialists and to work together to implement various tools, techniques and technologies which are central to my research.

“It will also enable me to assist with developing and fostering a digital hospital of excellence.”

Epworth HealthCare and the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA, have partnered on an initiative to provide innovative international training and research.

Professor Wickramasinghe’s appointment as Epworth Chair, Health Information Management, will help to further strengthen this clinical academic alliance, with RMIT now joined as the third partner in the initiative.

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