Category: News

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. …

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 …