Associate Professor Brent Richards is Medical Director of Innovation and Director of Critical Care research at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, and Associate Professor at Griffith and Bond Universities. He has also been director of ICU for 15 years, taking the Unit from 7 beds and basic training accreditation to 25 beds with full specialist training recognition. He helped design and commission the new 50 bed ICU in the state of the art Gold Coast University hospital. He has also previously served as executive director of Surgery, overseeing a budget of $100 million, and been chair of the state Intensive Care network.
Brent’s research interests are wide ranging, both as a foundation member of the ANZICS CTG and numerous commercial multi-centre trials over the last 20 years, particularly working with antibiotics and sepsis management. As well he has considerable interest in how technology and devices can improve patient outcomes, working currently on measuring Heart rate variability in the critically ill as a marker of treatments and outcomes.
Brent has been involved in Information systems and eHealth projects since the early 1990s, including the Queensland Health Information Strategy and Investment Board, and as the Project Executive for the State Intensive Care Clinical Information System. This has delivered a single standardised CIS across 9 public Intensive Care Units in Queensland, improving both standards and safety of patient care, freeing staff from mundane tasks to focus on their increasingly complex environment, and also providing opportunities for collaborative research.
Realising the opportunities and responsibilities in the big data sets being created in ICU and other Health areas, in conjunction with University colleagues in biomedical sciences, Engineering and computer sciences, Brent is working on ways to expand, understand and interrogate these data sets for clinical understanding, business KPIs and research possibilities. He has co-founded IntelliHQ, a not-for-profit organisation bringing together start-ups, industry partners, researchers and educators to work collaboratively to unlock the potential that AI can bring to Healthcare, improving both patient and system outcomes.
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