Category: Precise and Timely Healthcare

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 which disproportionately affects certain groups such as Māori – who have higher rates of ischaemic heart disease (or coronary heart disease) and stroke but have lower access to health care. It is vital …

Interpretable Machine Learning

The “black box” metaphor is commonly used to refer to the lack of understanding of how modern Machine Learning (ML) systems make decisions. Researchers are working actively to remedy this situation which is especially problematic in Healthcare where legal accountability and ethics have to be taken into account in the decision-making process. Consequently, the industry …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Smart Search: Clinical Document Semantic Search

A ‘Google’ for Electronic Health Records  Ten minutes can be an eternity for medical professionals that need to make split-second decisions to save lives. If they miss a single piece of vital information it could prove critical – but equally, if they waste precious time searching for data, that too can be damaging to the …

Spatio-Temporal Big Data Analysis of Adherence Behaviour in Chronic Disease

Many patients in New Zealand don’t receive the benefits from their medications due to poor medication behaviour, referred to as medication adherence. Previously, data related to medication adherence has been gathered using questionnaire surveys based on the Health Belief Model (HBM), a psychological model that attempts to explain and predict health behaviours. This research study …

Vital Sign Monitoring and Decision Support System

In its first phase, this research developed a real-time mobile-based vital signs monitoring application in the hospital context using medical devices and clinical decision support techniques. The application, VitalsAssist, was developed with cloud-based security and data storage. Data analysis was carried out to detect the underlying signs and symptoms and identify significant changes to the …