Tag: prediction

Improved planning for the scheduling of surgeries

Summer of Research project by Thomas Adams, supervised by Dr Michael O’Sullivan, University of Auckland. To better allocate resources and plan for surgeries, Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) require data-driven analysis of their surgical scheduling. This will help them to understand the effect of re-allocating surgical sessions between surgical specialties. The aim of this …

A Prediction Algorithm for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in New Zealand

Summer of Research project by Nick James, supervised by Dr. Patrick Gladding (University of Auckland). Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a genetic condition which causes an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death (3-4 times the risk of early death). It is estimated to affect 1:300 people in the general population of New Zealand. There …

Integrating Primary and Secondary Healthcare Systems

Data from primary and secondary care has the potential to enhance the accuracy of decision making in healthcare. However, due to the fragmented nature of the health system, this information is often siloed, making it difficult for clinicians to access and share with other providers. If healthcare data across primary and secondary sectors complemented each …

Picking up the Pace of Precision Medicine

Summer of Research project by Kevin Howe, University of Auckland, supervised by Dr Patrick Gladding. It’s incredible how advanced medical technology has become. Many illnesses that were previously fatal are now treated with ease. Even something as serious as heart failure can be survived, and subsequently treated with an implanted cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device. …

Can a Fitness Tracker Detect Diabetes?

Summer of Research project by Mohsin Baig, AUT, supervised by Dr Farhaan Mirza. The cost of long-term conditions (LTCs), any ongoing health condition that cannot be cured, is becoming a major burden on healthcare providers. In many countries, these costs are covered by the government, which means they are then passed on to the taxpayers. …

Building a surgical outcome calculator for New Zealand patients

For patients and clinicians, deciding whether to go ahead with major surgery or not can be difficult. Your surgeon and anaesthetist will discuss both the benefits and risks of having surgery to help with the shared decision making process. In the past, many clinicians have found it difficult to accurately assess the risk of having …

HOPE: Health Outcomes Prediction Engine

Currently, treatment decisions for elective surgery are currently based on clinicians’ assessments of the benefits the surgery will bring to the patient. This assessment is derived from the clinicians’ personal experience and knowledge of published evidence of effectiveness. In New Zealand, eligibility for surgery is based on a prioritisation score derived from this clinical assessment …