PDH wins KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Award

17 July 2017

Precision Driven Health (PDH), a collaborative initiative between University of Auckland and industry researchers, has recently been presented with the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award.

The seven-year, $37.8 million research partnership was launched last year, and boasts collaborations with health software leader Orion Health, MBIE and the Waitemata District Health Board, among others. PDH sees New Zealand as playing a significant role in transforming healthcare on a global scale, by enabling data to inform healthcare solutions. Its focus is on creating a healthy society, with precision medicine ultimately posessing the capability to lighten burdens on health services such as hospitals, which makes "good economic sense".

Dr Michael O’ Sullivan, a Senior Lecturer at our Department of Engineering Science, is in PDH's leadership team that delivers its vision "to engage the research community and evaluate research projects". As the Precise and Timely Healthcare Team Leader, his research focuses on using disparate analytical methods and technologies to enable more accurate and timely care by healthcare providers. These methods and technologies combine data from a variety of sources, such as community-sourced data, to quantify patient health and provide contextual information. This ultimately can lead to the determination of needs outside clinical environments.

The MinterEllisonRuddWatts prize is one of several KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, and is presented in recognition of the working relationships between a research organisation and businesses that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.