RMIT and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)

RMIT and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)

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The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) is a Global Connector of international networks of Digital Health Ecosystems. 

As a partner, RMIT is proud to announce it is hosting the Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem of the ECHAlliance.

The Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem is the first Australian ecosystem in the Alliance. Our goal is to support exchange and initiatives, both locally and internationally between policy makers, healthcare providers, researchers, technology disruptors and the community sector.  

Through sharing knowledge, best practices on health policy, health models, health innovations, health trends across the globe, the Alliance and Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem will serve as a gateway to international networks. As a centre of collaboration, the Melbourne Digital Health ecosystem will provide a unique access point for international partnerships, network building and research funding.

Most importantly the Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem will help break down silos, transform healthcare delivery and spur economic growth in the sector.

ECH Alliance Mission

As a global connector, the ECHAlliance spans Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the US and Canada with the mission to bring together a community of stakeholders all interested in developing a joint health agenda to drive sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care.

The ECHAlliance Ecosystem principles: 

  • Multi-sector stakeholders gathering
  • Based on a geographic zone
  • Permanent with regular meetings
  • Shared strategy & action plan
  • Light governance via working group
  • Accessible to all (no barriers) 
  • Member of an International network

Ecosystems

Patients are at the centre of all activity within our multi-stakeholder International Digital Health Ecosystem concept. Stakeholders include health and social care organizations (professionals and providers), the third sector (associations and charities), funders (insurers and investors), education and researchers (universities and labs), policy makers (government and local authorities) and companies (large corporates, startups and SMEs) These stakeholders then work with the patient, together, to develop health and social care.

Ecosystems

Patients are at the centre of all activity within our multi-stakeholder International Digital Health Ecosystem concept. Stakeholders include health and social care organizations (professionals and providers), the third sector (associations and charities), funders (insurers and investors), education and researchers (universities and labs), policy makers (government and local authorities) and companies (large corporates, startups and SMEs) These stakeholders then work with the patient, together, to develop health and social care.

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Australia and Europe – Digital Health Transformation, Agility and Resilience

On 3 September 2020 we held our international webinar Australia and Europe – Digital Health Transformation, Agility and Resilience which was jointly organised by RMIT’s ‘A Healthier Start’, ECP Post COVID-19 initiative and the European Connected Health Alliance.

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Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem Launch

RMIT University launched the Melbourne Digital Health Ecosystem of the ECHAlliance in November 2019. 

As the host of the first ECHAlliance Digital Health Ecosystem in Australia, RMIT convened key stakeholders from the healthcare community for a thought leadership discussion. The launch was opened by RMIT’s DVC Research and Innovation Professor Calum Drummond. The event included a Fireside Panel hosted by Clare Russell, Director, Research Partnerships and Initiatives at RMIT.  Panel members included Neville Board, Victoria’s Chief Digital Health Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Bettina McMahon, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency and Matiu Bush, Deputy Director, Health Transformation Lab. 

Upcoming events

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Digital Health Coorporate Research Centre (DHCRC)

RMIT is a member of the Digital Health CRC  which undertakes unique, multidisciplinary, collaborative research with clinical, industry, government and educational organisations. The CRC focuses on combining individual and collective expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies.

Get in touch

If you would like any further information about our work or how you can be involved, please contact the Research Partnerships and Initiatives team via research.partnerships@rmit.edu.au.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer