Category: News

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. …

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 …

Harnessing Data to Investigate Surgical Outcomes

The NMDS is a set of patient health information collected on everyone who visits a health organisation in New Zealand. The information is anonymised and predominantly used for small scale administration and auditing. For this study, we utilised the records of all patients in NZ who had undergone surgery in 2013-2014 as our data set. …

Data Analysis Saves Lives

Albert Einstein died from it, and a Mr R on Auckland’s North Shore might well have too if it hadn’t been for an innovative data analysis project conducted by Precision Driven Health – a collaboration between Orion Health, Waitemata District Health Board and Auckland University. Mr R was one of around 800 men and women …

Mapping the Bugs in Your Body: The Microbiome Report

Precision Driven Health and Orion Health release Microbiome report By mapping and understanding the trillions of bugs that live in and on the human body, medical science has the potential to stop certain diseases forming or help an individual fight mental illness. Orion Health and the research partnership Precision Driven Health today released a report …

No Data Left Behind

Humans are inconsistent creatures, especially when it comes to our health. During periods of serious illness, we are constantly in need of medical attention, and then we get well and might not see a health professional for years. This creates an extremely uneven Electronic Health Record (EHR), which is actually very complex to begin with, …

Dynamic Consent

Go for a run: data is collected. Post a tweet: data is collected. Take a genetic test to find out who your ancestors were: data is collected. It’s fast becoming a cliché, but it is true that a tsunami of healthcare-related data about patients’ genetic makeup, lifestyle choices and social profile, is imminent. This information …

Precision Driven Health named as a finalist in the NZ Innovation Awards 2017

Precision Driven Health (PDH) is a seven-year NZ$38m research partnership aimed at improving health outcomes through data science. The partnership centres around the international movement towards precision medicine, the growing body of international research that is identifying and enabling the capture and analysis of the big data that will facilitate healthcare to be tailored to …

Interactive Growth Chart Being Developed for Kiwi Children

An interactive growth chart for babies and young children is being developed in a bid to help tackle childhood obesity in New Zealand.   Research initiative Precision Driven Health has combined with leading child health research funder Cure Kids and the National Science Challenge A Better Start to develop and trial an interactive child growth chart. At …