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Health informatics and health analytics

Using big data to improve our health system

Our work demonstrates how the integration of data in the public and private sector can be used to map individual health journeys, evaluate complex health systems and make our health system more efficient.

The Australian health system is complex. While there are statewide solutions to integrate health data that’s currently held in different federal and state systems, none of these solutions bridge the public and private sector. We believe that integrating data from these industries can help map individual health journeys and evaluate complex health systems.

We’re bringing together experts in clinical leadership, data integration, information extraction and text mining, bioinformatics, and biostatistics to build a new infrastructure. 

Clinical information is currently held in silos across the public and private sector. We’re partnering with three local health districts that service 10 per cent of Australia’s population to share clinical information so it can be used to make our health system more efficient.

Our work will establish a model for how big data can improve Australians’ health and make our health system more efficient.

  • Professor Jonathan Morris, Medicine, University of Sydney [Project lead]
  • Associate Professor Christine Roberts, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Stephen Simpson, Charles Perkins Centre
  • Professor Judy Kay, Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
  • Professor Venkatesh Sventha, Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics, Deakin University
  • Professor Barbara Fezekas, Ramaciotti Facility for Human Systems Biology
  • Associate Professor Jonathan Arthur, Children's Medical Research Institute
  • Professor David Feng, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Edward Holmes, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor David James, Science, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Jean Yang, Science, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Alexander Engel, Kolling Institute of Medical Research


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Professor Jonathan Morris
Professor Jonathan Morris
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