What is Data Linkage?

What is Data Linkage?

What is data linkage?

Data linkage, in simple terms, is a method of bringing together information, from different sources, but relating to the same individual or event. PHRN data linkage units link existing information from different health and health related data collections to provide data to researchers approved research. This is done using methods which minimise the risks to individual privacy.

What are the benefits of data linkage?

Many of our life experiences from the moment we are born until our death generate data that is collected and used for a range of purposes. For example, information is routinely collected when you go to school, visit a hospital, when you get married or divorced and when you have a baby. This data is collected by different organisations all over Australia.

Linking this data together is essential for a wide range of research including:

  • Studies of rare diseases and rare outcomes
  • Studies of across the life course
  • Real world evaluation of policies, services, drugs and devices

For examples of research conducted using linked data click here.

 

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Our network remains open. The network is interoperable & can source expertise, technology & data from around the country. Our expert staff are highly qualified & experienced in linkage of patient data, including population-based administrative data as well as linkage of research cohort data.

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The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health: linked data showcase We are excited to host our first webinar for 2021 in our "Linkage Luminaries" series with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 12noon AEST/10am AWST.

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