Author: Erin Thomson

Smart Patient Cohort Builder

Triaging GP referrals is a time-consuming task for doctors in New Zealand. It is common for doctors to spend more than ten hours per week on triaging electronic referrals to various risk categories or direct to investigation tests. Presently, there are over 200 untriaged referrals at Waitematā District Health Board (WDHB) which are close to …

Developing a Decision Support System at ED triage for predicting health outcomes

Our previous two-year research project on Surgical Outcome Calculators examined surgical outcomes in NZ patients to help produce a surgical risk prediction tool: nzRISK, which produces a risk score for that patient at one month, one year and two years after surgery. NZ clinicians are now using the tool, which has produced tremendous interest and …

A Deep Learning Platform for GP Referral Triage

Countering bias in the health system Heart disease is the leading cause of preventable mortality in Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is a disease that disproportionately affects certain groups such as Māori – who have higher rate of ischaemic heart disease (or coronary heart disease) and stroke but have lower access to health care. Intervention must …

Programme Evaluation and Future Options

PDH was founded by Orion Health, Waitematā District Health Board (DHB) and the University of Auckland with the support of the MBIE partnership programme. Our original contract runs until 2023, and the partnership programme is no longer funded. Towards the end of last year, we asked MartinJenkins to conduct an independent review to assess what the partnership …

HiNZ 2022 is just around the corner!

We look forward to participating in New Zealand’s largest digital health event, being held virtually this week on March 30-31. Our speakers’ recorded presentations are now available for you to view ahead of the live event. If you have registered for HiNZ 2022, see below for the presentation links and Q&A group session times. Presentations …

What we will be presenting at the HiNZ 2022 Conference

We are excited to participate in New Zealand’s largest digital health event, which will be held virtually on March 30-31 this year. Each of our speakers will provide information and updates on our solutions, and how they continue to help improve health outcomes for our citizens. We look forward to seeing you there! What will …

New Zealand Health Sector Algorithm Scan

The final report of the New Zealand Health and Disability System review makes clear the vision for a ‘data-driven, digitally-enabled ecosystem’ in New Zealand and the need for ‘technologies to support decision-making and innovation’ to achieve this. While many decision-support tools are in use across the health sector, we are unaware of the specific algorithms …

Manawanui’s Mission: Empowering New Zealanders Who Receive Individualised Funding

A notable issue we have in Aotearoa is that individuals and minority groups with disabilities pass through the system unnoticed. To this day, little data has been collected and analysed to show how disabled people use and access disability services, and with what outcomes.  In late 2020, Precision Driven Health (PDH) partnered with Manawanui and …

Greater Engagement of Mental Wellbeing Solutions Through Personalisation

Mental health problems are a worldwide pandemic. Over 50-80% of New Zealanders will experience mental distress in their lifetime, costing an estimated $12B or 5% of GDP annually. While evidence indicates early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes, there is often a considerable delay from the onset of symptoms to the time …

Meet Ning

PDH and Orion Health are proud to have Ning as one of our data scientists. She began her career journey in China as a student studying general biology, and went on to get her PhD in ecology. Within her PhD, she did some statistical analysis, which led her to explore programming and after moving to …