PHRN Data Linkage in a Pandemic

PHRN Data Linkage in a Pandemic

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Data linkage in a pandemic

In the past few months, we have seen how the movement of people has helped SARS-CoV-2travel quickly around the world. The analysis of data brought together from different sources is a key component in understanding and managing this pandemic. Australia’s high quality administrative data and systematic approach to data linkage give us a strong advantage in fighting this virus. We can analyse data sets within and across all jurisdictions to provide our governments with the information they need to plan for and manage health services.

The Population Health Research Network has already seen an increase in demand for our linkage services. Examples of how data linkage has assisted in this pandemic include:

  • Identifying health service usage and outcomes for confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Finding contact information for lists of travellers
  • Identifying sociodemographic characteristics and comorbid conditions for COVID-19 cases

This demonstrates how essential our data linkage services are in a pandemic situation.

To view the current status of our PHRN data linkage units response to the COVID-19 pandemic click here


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PHRN COVID-19 Offering

Our network remains open. The network is interoperable and can source expertise, technology and data from around the country. Our expert staff are highly qualified and experienced in linkage of patient data, including population-based administrative data (such as hospital admissions, notifiable diseases and death data) as well as linkage of research cohort data. In addition, we provide secure file transfer and secure remote access services. We are able to work with other NCRIS capabilities to deliver coordinated access to national research infrastructure.

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