Category: News

The Pulse Newsletter – July 2018

Read the July issue of PDH’s quarterly newsletter, The Pulse. Dr Kelly AtkinsonKelly is PDH’s Programme Manager and manages the research programme and operations.

Optimising Hospital Resources in Surgical Planning

For many hospitals around the world, surgical demand is outstripping capacity as the number of patients visiting hospital continues to climb at an alarming rate. This is leading to patients experiencing long delays in surgery as doctors and surgeons struggle to meet the demand. This overwhelming demand makes planning and prioritising surgery a huge challenge …

How Vital Are Your Vital Signs?

Are we prepared to utilise the power of predictive analytics, machine learning, deep learning and precision medicine – with the data we have today? Undoubtedly, more data is being captured and analysed today than we ever imagined. Breakthrough technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) have matured rapidly and …

The Pulse Newsletter – April 2018

The first PDH newsletter, The Pulse, has been published; read it here. Dr Kelly AtkinsonKelly is PDH’s Programme Manager and manages the research programme and operations.

Transforming the Elective Surgery Experience

Why can it take so long between identifying a need and having surgery? It feels hard-hearted to talk about money when it comes to people’s healthcare, but commercial reality is a very real factor in determining how soon a patient receives the care they need. Nowhere is this more the case than when discussing elective …

Calculating Risk Over the Long Term

The practice of medicine is fast becoming a data science, and nowhere is this more apparent than with one of Precision Driven Health’s foundation projects – Epidemiology and the estimation of long-term surgical mortality. Principal investigator Dr Doug Campbell1 from Auckland District Health Board and his team are combining large national datasets of surgical operation …

Ensuring the Right Dosage

Ensuring patients are given the correct medication, in the right dosage, with proper instruction, is absolutely critical. However, the job of medication reconciliation is currently an onerous task that is tedious and time-consuming, even with the best software. Somebody needs to manually check every medication a patient is taking, to ensure that instructions are clear …

Creating a Research Repository

When Precision Driven Health first put out a call for research proposals in July 2016, we were a little staggered to receive twice the number of submissions we’d expected. In total, 70 proposals on new ways of using data to drive better outcomes in healthcare were put forward for consideration. As we began to assess each …

Combining Primary and Secondary Care Data

New Zealand has a huge advantage in being one of the few countries in the world with a highly digitised health system. There is over 15 years of primary care data (from general practices) that has been collected, providing researchers with a rich source of information to use when investigating new ways to enable precision …

A Fresh Approach to Medication Adherence

Why don’t patients take their pills? It’s an issue that has plagued healthcare providers and clinicians for years. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death in New Zealand and yet many patients are not receiving the benefits of care because they are failing to take their medication on time and/or in the correct dose. …