Health analytics

Our research into health data analytics is transforming health care. We want to improve health care and safety and positively influence and inform dynamic health intervention. We examine large, disparate and multi-modal hospital data sets, and investigate questions that arise with our partner Barwon Health.

Using data to improve health

Our health analytics team are working to:

  • predict hospital visitation patterns of patients with chronic disease
  • detect sub-populations that have coherent patterns of disease, causal factors and typical medical responses
  • identify the data-driven characteristics of chronic patients to enable personalised care plans
  • detect indicators that serve as an early warning of chronic disease
  • monitor key factors that deliver value to patients in the areas of care experiences, care coordination and patient safety.

Translational outcome: software platform that improves hospital efficiency

Our researchers at PRaDA have created a software platform that will improve hospital efficiency and patient care.

Our health analytics research has developed an artificial intelligence program that is allowing better resource utilisation and provides support where it’s needed most in identifying risk and adverse events.



A program that picks up suicide risk

PRaDA has developed a machine learning program that more accurately predicts mental health patients who are at risk of suicide.

Led by Dr Truyen Tran, the PRaDA team used hospital electronic records for patients with a mental illness, and created a program that is able to analyse large of chunks of data. From this data, the machine identified patterns that showed those most at risk. It is two times more accurate than previous
risk detection systems.

The program will provide a complete risk profile for each patient and enable practitioners to view the risk-relevant patient information more effectively. Barwon Health is now testing the program.

A life-saving healthcare app

PRaDA's health analytics program helps doctors predict suicide risk in patients. From this artificial intelligence program they've created iHosp, an app that will improve hospital efficiency and patient care. Both are being trialled by our industry partner, Barwon Health.

Now that we can analyse such vast amounts of data, there is enormous potential to gauge the mental health of whole populations and develop much more effective public health campaigns.



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Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics (PRaDA)
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+61 3 5227 8797
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School of Information Technology
Deakin University
Locked Bag 20000
Geelong VIC 3220