The goal of this project is to create a tool that disseminates analysed and useable spatio-temporal health information to health professionals, regardless of their spatial information background.
The tool, known as HealthTracks, can be used to identify populations at disease risk and gaps in health service delivery. Furthermore, the resulting visualised information helps communicate these gaps and risks to local program leaders and decision makers so they can make decisions quickly and accurately.
The challenge is to create a dynamic tool which ensures patient privacy, while providing as much detailed health data as possible to the end-user about localised health needs.
A technical workshop was held in Perth on the 29th May, 2013. 35 partners from government, research and private attended.
The audience was actively engaged, asked questions and made suggestions for improvement, particularly in relation to the interface (more guidance for end-users) with some members suggesting there is as much value in the architectural design and privacy theory as the visualisation elements. It was acknowledged there would be some challenges shifting data custodian attitude to on-line dissemination and security of server-sided solutions but the CRCSI has a role in highlighting the inefficiencies and risk of not releasing information for decision makers. Automating the dynamic aggregation for privacy got the attention of several health agencies who acknowledged that this was currently a time consuming and manual task.
Overall, discussions at the workshop gave added direction to the research team and the positive feedback has provided incentive to consider the optimal partner engagement model. Discussion with CRCSI executive team and project partners will continue over the next two months in response to this interest.
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