The Role of Big Data in Addressing the Determinants of Non-communicable Diseases in the Ageing Era

Digital health is about electronically connecting the points of care so that health information can be shared securely. This is the first step to understanding how digital health can help deliver safer, faster and better quality healthcare ( The convergence of the digital and genomic technologies with health, healthcare, living, and society to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery ( Advances in research and innovations in digital health will have the potential to enable everyone to better track, manage, and improve their own and their family's health, live better, more productive lives, as well as reducing the cost of burden of healthcare on society. World Health Organization (WHO) used the term eHealth to describe the cost-effective and secure use of ICT in support of health and other health related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research. eHealth has been a priority for the WHO since 2005[1].

Despite the shift towards collaborative healthcare and the increase in the use of eHealth technologies, there does not currently exist a comprehensive model in addressing of eHealth readiness. The first task of the workshop is to collectively develop factors that need to be considered for measuring eHealth readiness, and in the construction of a universally recognized conceptual model for the measurement of capability in achieving eHealth goals. The second task of the workshop is to identify new measures and data for medical screening or monitoring.


Scholarly events:

  • Host PhD student from York University (funded by WUN mobility scheme) for 3 weeks in October/November 2019. The student is preparing another research paper.
  • WUN meeting in 2018 led to the inaugural International Symposium of Digital Health 


Developed International Society of Digital Health


Academic Publication:

Poon, C., et al., (2019), Derivation and Analysis of Dynamic Handwriting Features as Clinical Markers of Parkinson’s Disease, In Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, aui, Hawaii, 8 - 11 January

 Scholarly events:

  • WUN Research Open Day on Digital Health, The University of Sydney, 10 December, 2018 , Lecture Theatre 4002, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, 107 academics & Clinicians attended; see Summary
  • WUN Research Development Workshop, The University Sydney, 8, 9 and 11 December 2018, 10 academics came from 5 WUN institutions and 1 non-WUN institution attended and presented research ideas.

WUN Partners:

Chinese University of Hong Kong
Associate Professor Kelvin Tsoi, Big Data Decision Analytic Centre
Dr. Allan Lee, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

University of Rochester
Dr. Zhiyao Duan, Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering
Professor Martin S. Zand, Professor of Medicine and Medical Humanities in the Division of Nephrology

University of Leeds
Dr. Michelle Morris, University Academic Fellow, Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences,
Dr. Owen Johnson, Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering,

University of Southampton
Associate Professor Thanassis Tiropanis, Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering
Jeremy Wyatt, Director of Wessex Institute for Health,

Other Partners:
The University of Sydney:
Associate Professor Simon Poon, School of Information Technologies, 
Dr. Mark Latt, Clinical Associate Professor in Gerontology, Faculty of MedicineDr. Chin Hur, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
Dr. Bryant Lin, Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Wilson Tam, Assistant Professor, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore
Samson Tai, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Hong Kong

Public Health