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SPHPC Webinar: Multifaceted Digital Health Strategies in Primary Care

Updated: Sep 29, 2022

In this talk, Prof. Peiris will discuss the use of multifaceted digital health strategies to strengthen primary health care management of non-communicable diseases. Digitally enabled models of care have been rapidly adopted across the globe, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the rapid pace of adoption, substantial knowledge gaps remain on effective strategies to improve health care access and quality, particularly in primary health care settings. Over the last 10 years, The George Institute has developed a program called SMARThealth with a goal of improving primary health care system performance in chronic disease care. SMARThealth uses point of care clinical decision support for a range of care providers, tools to improve patient engagement, and continuous quality improvement processes. It has been tested in six randomized trials in Australia, China, India and Indonesia. In this presentation, Prof. Peiris will give an overview of SMARThealth, our learnings to date, and discuss the implications of those learnings for future research in this area.


13 October 2022 (Thursday)


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Hong Kong Time)


Zoom live webinar


Professor David Peiris

Director, Global Primary Health Program, George Institute for Global Health


Professor Samuel Wong

Director, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK

Pending for CME Accreditation.

About the Speaker:

Professor David Peiris is Director of the Global Primary Health Program and Co-Director of the Centre for Health Systems Science at the George Institute for Global Health. He is a conjoint professor in the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney and a practicing GP.

Professor Peiris joined the George Institute in 2006 and is mainly interested in work to improve the performance of health systems for under-served populations in both high-income countries and resource constrained settings. Health systems science is a dynamic and emerging discipline that includes health services research, health policy and systems research and implementation science.

He has published extensively in areas related to health systems research and leads several grants testing innovative strategies to improve access to high quality primary health care in Australia, India and China with a particular focus on under-served populations.

He was previously a NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellow and is currently an NHMRC Level 2 Career Development Fellow and Heart Foundation Future Fellow. He was the 2015-2016 Australian Harkness Fellow in Healthcare policy, based at Harvard School of Public Health and conducted a national study of the changes to health care delivery systems associated with President Obama's reforms.

He has been a board member with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and sits on several government, non-government and research advisory committees.

About the Moderator:

Professor Samuel Wong is the Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Family Medicine Specialist and is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in both Family Medicine and Community Medicine. His research interests include evaluation of primary care services and mental health interventions

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