Associate Professor Niranjan Bidargaddi

Associate Professor of Personal Health Informatics

College of Medicine and Public Health

Research expertise

My aim is to harness personal digital footprints into solutions to advance how we understand and approach mental illnesses.

Research expertise

My aim is to harness personal digital footprints into solutions to advance how we understand and approach mental illnesses.

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

Niranjan Bidargaddi, BEng C.Sc, PhD, is the Associate Professor of Personal Health Informatics at College of Medicine and Public Health Flinders University jointly appointed with Country Health SA LHN. He leads the Personal Health Informatics & Digital Psychiatry 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.

He has developed innovative myHR and smartphone app platforms to improve management of mental illnesses (MindTick and AIsquared). His research focusses of development of systems and tools which lead to eary screening of symptoms, assist individuals integrate the process of behavioural interventions into the fabric of daily lives, enable health professionals to personalise delivery of timely support and medication management outside hospital.

Qualifications

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 (..., ...)

Research expertise
Digital health
Health services research
Mental health
Research interests
Development and evaluation of eHealth/mHealth systems with a special focus on the application of internet, mobile, social media and telehealth applications in health that 1) improve access to evidence based health care (eg., mobile and internet interventions, digital telehealth services), 2) increase patient's involvement in their care (eg., self help/monitoring apps), 3) facilitate better communication between patients and clinicians (eg., personally controlled electronic health records), and 4) generate outcome based evidence to influence change in clinical practices, health care process and policy  (eg., decision support systems).  
Teaching interests
eHealth
Supervisory interests
Health informatics
TeleHealth
e-health
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
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

Publications
Expert for media contact
Apps
clinical decision support tools
digital health applications
digital phenotyping
eHealth Systems
mobile health
real time registries
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0427 398 713
Interests
  • 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.