Upcoming research seminar (CHIRSS) 8 December 2011: Exploring quality of care from large datasets

On 8th December, HBIR will be hosting Dr Blanca Gallego Luxan, leader of the Modelling and Simulation in Health Research team at the Centre for Health Informatics, Unversity of NSW.

Dr Gallego will be presenting the December edition of our monthly CHIRSS (collaborative health informatics research seminar social). More details regards her talk and professional background below.

Please join us and RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1587267638

Exploring quality of care from large datasets
In the last two years and as part of an NHMRC program grant on patient safety, we have been exploring patterns of quality of care in Australia using large observational datasets. For example, by linking data from more than 14 million hospital admissions in NSW with death registry data we have been able to analyse the impact of hospital adverse events on mortality during admission and post-discharge as well as the risks associated with weekend admissions. In the context of primary care, we have quantified some aspects of suboptimal care and its variance. For example, we found that it takes an average of 7 years for newly-approved drugs to be adopted in primary care, which may contribute to gaps between recommended care and practice. We also measured variance in basic actions across visits for hypertension and found that this undesirable variance cannot be explained by known patient or doctor characteristics. Ultimately there is a need for data collection that is more appropriate for differentiating poor care from sicker more complex patients.

Dr Gallego leads the Modelling and Simulation in Health research team at the Centre for Health Informatics, (UNSW). This group is developing new empirical models for the analysis, assessment and prediction of healthcare delivery and for the integration of new sources of information into public health and clinical decision making.

Trained as a physicist, she obtained a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) after which she worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the Integrated Sustainability Analysis group at the University of Sydney, before joining the Centre for Health Informatics in 2006.

Dr Gallego has extensive international research experience in data analysis and computational modelling and has made significant and innovative contributions to the design, analysis and development of models derived from complex empirical data for a wide range of applications such as patient safety, biosurveillance, corporate sustainability reporting, ecological footprint analysis and climate variability.


About HaBIC

The Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIc) at the University of Melbourne. Our goal is to build collaborations that advance human health through the shared development and application of expert knowledge about information and communication technologies for healthcare and biomedical research. The unit has an interdisciplinary focus and works closely with researchers from across The University of Melbourne, particularly Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, Computing and Information Systems, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, The Melbourne School of Medicine and the Melbourne School of Engineering.
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