The VHIN is a network of researchers, analysts and other professionals who use health data to generate insights that support the health and wellness of all New Zealanders. The network facilitates sharing and collaboration amongst network members in order to enhance health research outputs and improve health service delivery and health outcomes in New Zealand (About VHIN).
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.
New IDI guide available: Before School Check data in the IDI
The Before School Check (B4SC) is a national programme that monitors the health and development of four-year-old children. This post describes the B4SC dataset and its usefulness as an analytic dataset in the IDI.
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) claims are the most complete and comprehensive source of national statistics on injuries. This guide aims to improve understanding about the benefits and challenges of using ACC claims data in the IDI.
The Population Association of New Zealand (PANZ) conference will be held in Wellington on 20 and 21 June 2019. The theme is ‘Population change in Aotearoa New Zealand: people, places and well-being’ and a there is a great line-up of keynote speakers. Abstract submission has been extended until 15 March so you still have a few days to submit an abstract if you are interested. See the following link for more details. https://population.org.nz/call-for-papers/
VHIN related research: Data Resource Profile: The New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).
An article about New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), written by some VHIN members, has recently been published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. It outlines the data included in the IDI, and ways it can be used for research. Read the full article.