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 centres around uncovering ethical and scalable innovative healthcare system architectures for digitised society, that can support populations when most helpful, while transforming financial, safety and quality metrics. His lab has produced innovative technologies that are providing the building blocks for health care in the future. Examples include: (a) trusted internet gateways offering relevent advise 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) mobile technologies for observing and intervening to effect behaviour changes in smaller chunks in daily life.

Research areas: (a) Codesign with end-users digitally deliverable solutions and experiences related to health  (b) Product development and validation (c) Deployment, roll out and commercialisation

Avaiable to supervise HDR students in Digital Health.


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 Digital Health Research Program (Health Translation SA, SA Health, Digital Health CRC and Flinders Digital Health Centre)

- Enabling health and medical researchers produce digital innovations

- Supervise HDR students

- Engaging government, industry and other health care stakeholders to digitally transform health care systems

Teaching interests

Digital Health, Health Informatics

Topic coordinator
PHCA8010 Digital Health Practitioner
Topic lecturer
MDSC1102 Skills for Medical Scientists
Supervisory interests
Digital games
Digital health
Health Internet of Things
Health informatics
Health services research
Human behaviour and health
Mobile technologies
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Digitising private practices (1), Mental health sensitive workforce rostering systems (1)
Associate supervisor: Human Centred Design, Tinnitus care (1), Technology adoption, drug and alcohol services (1)
Principal supervisor: Technology and wellbeing in young people (2)
Associate supervisor: Sensing behavioural markers (2), ehealth websites for cancer care (1)
  • 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.