Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi

Associate Professor (Research)

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 People-centric Health Informatics 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. In 2018 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 including Digital Health CRC.

His current research in digital health area has two objectives: (i) address health care access gaps and (ii) examine design of health and social awareness inside societal technologies that are part of every day life. His lab develops and tests real-time cloud based health applications of Health Records, wearables and apps using co-design and participatory approaches within a number of settings and populations, to help identify, monitor and support people’s health problems accurately, timely and continuously - beyond clinics in everyday living environments, and not just for treating illness but learning and preventing risks and promoting wellbeing.

Programs: - Automated treatment adherence and care pattern monitoring - Real-time assessments


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

Supervisory interests
Digital health
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.