Wearable monitors, smartphones, electronic health records and new environmental sensors are just some examples of technologies that can benefit from a knowledge of where. Consumers, health care providers and policy makers are increasingly looking for smart ways to link and analyse these data to make better decisions for our health. We have access to enormous amounts of data, from the routine information collected by health agencies and GPs, to the spontaneous data gleaned from social media feeds and smartphones.
Our health program will take these rich and prolific data sources and merge and analyse them in novel ways, with a focus on the spatial dimension, to give new insights into individual health and wellbeing. Working with our partners we will play a key role in providing Australia and New Zealand with the tools required to answer the question: how can location inform better health outcomes and improve health system efficiencies?
- Develop methods to collect and integrate personal health data with environmental data
- Develop methods to collect and integrate personal health data with data being collected by our digital devices
- Build spatio-temporal models and predictive algorithms to assist health care planners and providers manage, prevent and treat chronic disease