The federal government has announced $21 million in funding to aid the research of dementia, including a $2.6 million grant to Monash University to detect and prevent dementia using electronic health record data. The program will be a key part of the university’s recently opened National Centre for Healthy Ageing and will use EHRs to help develop methods of monitoring the frequency of dementia and associated risk factors. The pilot study, which will leverage EHRs and routine administrative data to better monitor dementia frequency and management, will be rolled out across Victoria and nationally if successful. The $2 million Holistic Approach in Primary Care for Preventing Memory Impairment and Dementia, or HAPPI MIND program, also directed by Monash, will combine face-to-face or telephone meetings with specialists, and will be backed up with tailored mobile phone-based risk reduction support for three years, signaling the increased use of telehealth technology in […]