Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences (2.09)
1284 South Road, Clovelly Park SA 5042

Niranjan Bidargaddi, BEng C.Sc, PhD, is the Associate Professor of Digital Health at College of Medicine and Public Health Flinders University. He leads the Human-Centred Health Informatics lab based at Flinders Digital Health Research Centre Tonsley and SAHMRI. He has over over 10 years of diverse experience in health informatics and e-health research, development and consulting. He trained as a Computer Science Engineer, holds a PhD from Monash University (2007), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CSIRO in e-health (2008). Between 2009 to 2016, he worked in a largely operational health informatics role in South Australian Health Department, initially as an informatics advisor (2009-2010) and subsequently as Head of Mental Health Informatics Unit (2011-Jun 2016), and has an extensive trackrecord in translating emerging technologies to improve diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders. He was awarded MRFF TRIP Fellowship to develop and translate a smartphone app which uses smartphone data to predict onset of mental health problems into clinical practice.He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, received over $3M grant funding from industry, government and competitive funding sources (as the lead investigator). He is a Chief Investigator of the ARC Industry Tranformation Research Hub on Digital Enhaced Living (2018-24), and has acted in leadership roles with three Cooperative Research Centers. He has also successfully translated ideas originating from research into commercial applications.

His current research focus is value based and human centred development of novel personal digital footprint data curation systems for health monitoring and support applications within a number of settings and populations, using co-design and participatory approaches. Recent outcomes include development of innovative myHR and smartphone app platforms to improve proactive scalable diagnosis and management of mental illnesses (MindTick and AIsquared).


PhD - Bioinformatics (Monash 2007)

BEng C.Sc Hons (VTU 2003)

Honours, awards and grants

2018-19 TRIP Fellow, MRFF Next Generation Clinical Researcher Program

2019  Visiting Scholar, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Havard University

2017  Visiting Fellow, School of Public Health, The University of Michigan

2016-  Fellow, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute

2015-16 Visiting Research Scientist, Digital Health, VTT Technical Research Centre Finland

Key responsibilities

Lead - Digital Psychiatry & Personal Health Informatics Lab (..., ...)

Teaching interests
Supervisory interests
Health informatics
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: m-health apps, behaviour modification - (effective elements in apps for health behaviour modification) (1), Real time monitoring, apps, psychiatric services (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Simone Orlowski

PhD - NOV 2016

  • Apps
  • clinical decision support tools
  • digital health applications
  • digital phenotyping
  • eHealth Systems
  • mobile health
  • real time registries
Further information

He is also the founding member and Co-director of goACT Pty Ltd, an Australian HealthInformation Technology startup that received seed funding fromCommericialization Australia, specializing in developing internet and mobile applications to deliver evidence based interventions and improving communication between patients and clinicians.

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