Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi

Associate Professor in Digital Health

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 Digital Health lab based at Flinders Digital Health Research Centre Tonsley and SAHMRI. He is experienced in development, trial and translation of digital health programs (eg: Mental health apps search). 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. He was awarded a MRFF TRIP Fellow in 2017. 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 including Digital Health CRC.

His current research focus is to learn all the ways health interactions go wrong and finding ways to fix these problems in contexts where digital mediations are tightly interweaved into the fabric of every day life. His lab has implemented innovative technologies that together are providing the building blocks of health care in the future. Developed using co-design and participatory approaches with consumers and tested with different populations the solutions address three needs: (a) specific guidance from trusted gateways when people seek health related information online (b) navigators which audit digital footprints with different parts of the health system particularly in people with chronic and ongoing conditions and use nudges to ensure subsequent appointments, medications, referrals happen appropriately in the community  (c) support people enact health behaviours by pushing advise in smaller chunks at opportune moments in daily life.

In parallel the lab also aims to understand and identify solutions to harmful digital mediations in every day life.


PhD - Bioinformatics (Monash 2007)

BEng C.Sc Hons (VTU 2003)

Honours, awards and grants

2018-20 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 - People-centred Health Informatics Lab (..., ...)

Teaching interests

Digital Health, Health Informatics

Topic coordinator
PHCA8010 Digital Health Practitioner
Supervisory interests
Digital games
Digital health
Health Internet of Things
Health informatics
Mobile technologies
Online learning
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)
Associate supervisor: Human Centred Design, Tinnitus care (1), Balance and fraility, detection (1), Technology adoption, drug and alcohol services (1)
Associate supervisor: Sensor data, mobility patterns (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.