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WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth Launch

The WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth was launched on 29 August 2018 by Professor Vivian Lin, on behalf of Dr Shin Young-soo, Regional Director, WHO Western Pacific Region. Professor Lin recently retired as the Director of Health Systems, WHO Western Pacific Region.

Professor Rodney Phillips, Dean of Medicine, and Professor Rebecca Ivers, Head of School of Public Health & Community Medicine, welcomed Professor Lin and other honoured guests. There were guests from the School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine and other UNSW Schools and Faculties; SPHERE Clinical Academic Groups; Local Health Districts; The George Institute; NHMRC CRE on Digital Health; other universities such as Sydney and Macquarie; external Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Australian Digital health Agency and National Prescribing Service; and industry organisations such as Oracle. Guests stayed on to network over a delicious afternoon tea.

To see <Presentions from the Launch> please click the hyperlink.


First International Workshop on Digital Disease Detection using Social Media 2017 (DDDSM-2017)

Historically the disease outbreaks were detected based on trends observed in the official reports collected at various geographic levels as part of the pre-established surveillance programs. The major drawback of this approach is producing outbreak alerts in timely fashion. Advances in technology and rapid adoption of information sharing platforms such as social media platforms provide new data sources and unique opportunities for researchers to study disease outbreaks. Digital disease surveillance involves monitoring various digital information sources for early warning, detection, rapid response, and management phases.  Unlike manual systems, which relies on traditional disease surveillance program reports to monitor and predict early outbreaks, the current automated digital disease surveillance systems exploit mainly publicly available information on internet such as news, social media and search engines.

WHO-CC eHealth organized the First International Workshop on Digital Disease Detection using Social Media 2017 (DDDSM-2017) on 27 November 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. DDDSM-2017 is co-located with the The 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2017). Please find more information on the workshop at The objective of this workshop emphasizes the application of the latest advances in advanced data mining algorithmic methods such as deep learning and online learning approach on social media data to detect early signals for an outbreak using social media.


WPRO Expert Consultation, Manila, Philippines, March 2018

Professor Teng Liaw was invited to participate in the Expert Consultation workshop in Manila to inform the WPRO Regional Action to harness eHealth to improve service delivery.


AeHIN Research Workshop, Naypidaw, Myanmar, May 2017

Professor Teng Liaw and Dr Jitendra Jonnagadalla coordinated the workshop with the AeHIN research group. It included members from Phillipines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Pakistan.