Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop

Title: Navigating the NZ Health Data Landscape

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM 

Location: Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland


Dr Vanessa Selak (Public Health Physician, Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Auckland)

Dr Katrina Poppe (Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Auckland)

Workshop description:

Clinicians, health service managers and data scientists, along with researchers, are able to access an increasing array of routinely collected repositories of “big data” from health and other sectors that can be linked using New Zealand’s unique national identifier – the National Health Index number. This health data landscape provides tremendous opportunities for improving the delivery of population and personalised health care and providing efficient mechanisms for undertaking research on a large scale. Along with this potential though are significant pitfalls that need to be considered in order to optimise the use of such data and avoid its misuse.

This workshop provides an overview of key issues to enable the appropriate and effective use of large volumes of routinely collected data to drive improvements in the delivery of health care in the New Zealand context. It covers ethical and equitable use of health data, critical evaluation of the quality of data and information available in New Zealand, and the framing of questions and interpretation of findings using available data and information to support robust health care decision-making. 

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