The Virtual Health Information Network (VHIN) assists researchers to do high quality health research using Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and other administrative health data.

A deeper understanding of the IDI and increased awareness of data quality issues can be gained via online guides, discussions on the VHIN Facebook page, analytical code from VHIN research projects and our shared code repository, explanatory material from meetings and presentations about current IDI research, and courses.

News & Events

What is the future of social science data?
COMPASS Research Centre, the Public Policy Institute, and the Department of Statistics of the University of Auckland, along with the New Zealand Association of Economists, are hosting Professor Julia Lane of New York University, a visit that includes this Public Lecture: Wednesday 20 June, 6pm in the University of Auckland’s Business School. Please click the link for further details and to register to attend.

Request for Proposals for 2018 Precision Driven Health-HRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Partnership
Do you know a recent PhD graduate who is interested in Big Data and health? Precision Driven Health and HRC have formed a joint funding initiative and are taking applications for post-doctoral fellowships. Applications close 26 June. Full details can be found here.

Māori & European differences in mortality and socioeconomic position and smoking – Prof Tony Blakely, University of Otago
Here’s a great talk from Prof. Tony Blakely, University of Otago. In the first half Tony describes his research on Māori: European differences in mortality. In the second half of the talk (26:10 onwards) Tony discusses whether New Zealand’s analytical capacity and computing facilities are adequate to capitalise on the rich data opportunities we have here.

VHIN related research: Constructing whole of population cohorts using the IDI
An article about constructing population cohorts in the IDI, written by some VHIN members, has recently been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Click here to read the full article.

VHIN Intro to Health Research in the IDI Short Courses Success
We offered one-day short courses on conducting health research in the IDI in both the Public Health Summer School at the University of Otago, Wellington, and the February Programme of the NZ Social Statistics Network at the University of Auckland. Thanks to everyone who participated  we had around 40 attendees in Wellington and 14 in Auckland. Feedback was very positive. For those of you who missed out, we hope to hold the courses again! Please watch this space for updates.

Big Data for Big Problems
The VHIN was profiled in depth as part of the University of Otago Research Highlights He Kitenga series, from its inception through the various affiliated organisations and projects.

Understanding Practice and Analysis of Integrated Data in the Stats NZ Datalab
This report, by Peter Ellis, scopes the needs and opportunities for information and analytical layers in the IDI, whilst also outlining the current approaches to analysis in the IDI and observations on the analytical environment.