Precision Driven Health: News Release


Tuesday, January 15 2019

Innovative Data Health Research is on Display at HiNZ 2018

Precision Driven Health is showcasing 15 projects at Aotearoa’s premier health technology event, the Health Informatics New Zealand Conference (HiNZ), in Wellington this week.

Programme Manager Dr Kelly Atkinson says the projects represent the considerable depth and breadth of the research that is being undertaken by the team, in collaboration with its partners in the health, university and government sectors.
“It’s hugely impressive what our talented researchers are achieving, with many of these projects designed to have global appeal,” Dr Atkinson says.

“We are also proud to be working on research that is actively helping to solve issues that Māori and Pasifika people experience in our health system, through the use, creation, and application of world-leading data techniques.”
Projects being presented at HiNZ include the following:

• A machine learning-based triage decision support system that will improve better health outcomes for patients through efficient and timely processing of their referrals. Read more: Countering bias in the health system
• A project focussed on finding new ways to deal with missing data in health care records by analysing Multiple Imputation techniques and their impact on prediction models. Read more: Finding the missing pieces
• A framework that guides users through the de-identification process so that patients can’t be identified with their health data, thereby making that information suitable for research. Read more: Automated De-identification
• An information retrieval application which supports the real-time searching of a patient’s record. Read more: A ‘Google’ for Electronic Health Records
• A website with authentic clinical risk assessments tools that are, for the first time, based on New Zealand data. Read more: Calibrated for Kiwis
• A Smart Medical Recognition system whereby relevant information about patient medication can be automatically identified, analysed and categorised. Read more: Automating for Accuracy

For the first time at HiNZ, Precision Driven Health will have its own booth, where it will pose a number of thought-provoking questions such as ‘would you bequeath your health data to science’, for attendees to consider.

Dr Atkinson says the organisation is keen to challenge some of the assumptions about the role of data in improving data health care and to engage more people in understanding the immense benefit that data research can bring to improving the lives of all New Zealanders.

Visit the Precision Driven Health stand, booth #30 at HiNZ. Check out our special HiNZ page, where you can learn more about our projects here: PDH at HiNZ 2018

Follow us on Twitter: @HealthPrecision

Precision Driven Health is showcasing its exciting health data science research at this year’s HiNZ conference in Wellington. For further information about PDH, visit


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Spokesperson: Kelly Atkinson
Job title: Programme Manager
Phone: 0212109765


Twitter: @HealthPrecision

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