Author: Dr Kevin Ross

Conflict in the code: Machine learning technologies used in healthcare must be credible

In the second article in our series, we explore the role of machine learning in healthcare today, and examine some common issues. In medical practice and healthcare today, machine learning is already in use. It has led to exciting new developments that will continue to be refined, as well as redefining the analysis, detection, diagnosis and treatment …

Doctor and patient discussing informed consent

Conflict in the code: An introduction to ethical machine learning for healthcare

In the first of our three-part series on ethical machine learning in healthcare, we explore some basic concepts. What is ethics? In its simplest form, ethics is a system of moral principles that affect how people lead their lives. Sometimes used interchangeably with the term ‘moral philosophy’, ethics covers concepts such as the criteria for …

Building a patient-centred health system

Conversations from the Emerging Tech in Health Symposium As part of Techweek this year, New Zealand’s digital health community came together at the Emerging Tech in Health Symposium in Christchurch. Dame Diane Robertson, head of the Data Futures Partnership spoke about the need to keep emphasising the principle of patients owning their data. It is …

Student projects important for exploring new ideas

This year’s Summer of Research student presentations were some of the best and most polished Precision Driven Health (PDH) has ever seen. Each summer, PDH funds a group of students to undertake 10-week research projects. This year’s group of 10 students met in early March to present their progress and results to PDH executives and …

Changing the Game in the First 18 Months

The New Zealand based Precision Driven Health (PDH) research partnership has hit the ground running with a significant number of healthcare projects underway in the first 18 months of operation. Positioning New Zealand at the forefront of precision medicine, PDH research is developing data-driven solutions that provide clinicians with revolutionary tools for decision making. By tapping into …

Data-driven Insights Set to Benefit the Most Vulnerable

It’s generally accepted that the first five years of a person’s life are the biggest determinant as to how healthy they will be throughout their lives, but the greatest impact occurs in the first 13 months. That’s according information cited in a clinical review of the Precision Driven Health Initiative – a private-public programme researching …