Summary: The inability to share and analyse Australia’s healthcare data has prevented researchers from using big data for analysis, but that’s about to change.
Australia has one of the most comprehensive collections of population data on healthcare, but until now, analysing it has been quite limited. The data is distributed amongst various sources, and the systems on which these datasets are located are typically unsuitable for complex analysis.
However, the Sax Institute has today launched a project called the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) that aims to overcome both limitations by providing a central datacentre where researchers can form connections between data sources and access the necessary computing power to perform big-data analysis. Health researchers will be able to securely access health information provided by hospitals, cancer registries, clinical trials, general practices and research studies.
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