Digital Health

Research Group Summary

The Digital Health Research group conducts original research highlighting the role of technology in delivering health care, supporting self-care and well-being.
Globally, healthcare faces significant challenges such as growing and ageing population, exponential increase in chronic disease, rising costs and demand for services. Digital health utilises a broad range of technologies and applications to support the collection, analysis, managing and sharing of health information. Digital Health has the potential to support multiple stakeholders to improve health delivery outcomes and change behaviour. It also has its own challenges. More research is needed to examine and understand the needs and impact of digital healthcare solutions.

Research projects in the group include but are not limited to the following themes:
• The role of technology in health seeking behaviour
• Applications of AI and machine learning in healthcare
• Behaviour changing digital interventions and technology
• Participation in telehealth solutions and its impact
• Use of digital health technologies by individuals, communities, and organizations
• Older adults’ wellbeing
• Impacts of digital health on people and society
• Personalized health technologies (including wearables, insideables) and impacts on people
• Emerging health technologies
• Negative impacts of digital technologies on health & wellbeing
• Information Privacy, and trust/distrust in Health IT

Key Contact

Members - UC Staff

Members - Non-UC Staff

  • Ernest Adu: Independent Researcher; University of Canterbury
  • Yvonne Gumbo: Reesarcher; University of Canterbury
  • Kevin Huang: Researcher; University of Canterbury
  • Daniel Leisinger: Researcher; Christchurch DHB
  • Kulani Sumanasekera: Researcher; University of Canterbury
  • Susan Zhu: Researcher; Independent Researcher

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

(Selected outputs for last six years)
  • Degu AB., Yilma TM., Beshir MA. and Inthiran A. (2022) Evidence-based practice and its associated factors among point-of-care nurses working at the teaching and specialized hospitals of Northwest Ethiopia: A concurrent study. PLoS ONE 17(5 May) (Journal Articles)
  • Muhamad NA., Selvarajah V., Dharmaratne A., Inthiran A., Mohd Dali, NS., Chaiyakunapruk, N. and Lai NM. (2022) Online searching as a practice for Evidence-based Medicine in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia: A Crosssectional Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Formative Research 6(4) (Journal Articles)
  • Adu EK., Mills A. and Todorova N. (2021) Drivers of Personal Health Information Privacy Concerns among Individuals in Developing Countries: An Empirical Study. Information Technology for Development 27(2): 208-234. (Journal Articles)
  • Inthiran A. (2021) Posts Characterization and User Engagement A Preliminary Study on a Mental Health Facebook Page in New Zealand. International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics 16(4) 33. (Journal Articles)
  • Inthiran A. (2021) Trust or do not trust: evaluation strategies used by online health information consumers in South East Asia.. Information Research: an international electronic journal 26(1). (Journal Articles)
  • Inthiran A. (2020) Online Health Searching: A Perspective from South East Asia. Techniques in Neurosurgery & Neurology 3(2) [Opinion Piece]. (Other)
  • Inthiran A. (2019) (Keynote Presentation )A perspective on Human Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval – Health Information Searching.. University of Canterbury’s Haera Roa: The 2019 Science Coding Conference, 06 Sep 2020. (Oral Presentations)
  • Yilma T., Inthiran A., Reidpath D. and Orimaye S. (2019) Context-based interactive health information searching. Information Research: an international electronic journal 24(2) 815. (Journal Articles)
  • Adu E., Todorova N. and Mills A. (2019) Do Individuals in Developing Countries Care about Personal Health Information Privacy? An Empirical Investigation. In In Proceedings of Conf-IRM 2019, (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Song T., Meng F., Rodriguez-Paton A., Li P., Zheng P. and Wang X. (2019) U-Next: A Novel Convolution Neural Network with an Aggregation U-Net Architecture for Gallstone Segmentation in CT Images. IEEE Access 7: 166823-166832. (Journal Articles)
  • Song T., Pang S., Rodríguez-Patón A. and Pan Z. (2018) A Parallel Image Skeletonizing Method Using Spiking Neural P Systems with Weights. Neural Processing Letters Early Access (Journal Articles)
  • Adu E., Mills A. and Todorova N. (2018) Drivers of Personal Health Information Privacy Concerns among Individuals in Developing Countries: A Conceptual Model. In Proceedings GLOBDEV2018. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A., Alhashmi SM. and Ahmed PK. (2018) Health Searching Behavior of Citizens from Countries in the Middle East and North African Region. International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications 9(2) 4: 59-73. (Journal Articles)
  • Inthiran A. and Macredie RD. (2018) How Do Older Adults View Online Health Webpages? Preliminary Results from Eye Tracking Data. In Zhou J; Salvendy G (Eds). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 10926 Springer Verlag. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A. and Macredie RD. (2018) Older Adults' Perception of Online Health Webpages Using Eye Tracking Technology. In Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing 721: 531-537. Springer Verlag. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A. (2017) Doctor-Patient Communication of Health Information Found Online: Preliminary Results from South East Asia. In 19th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL) 2017 10647: 307-313. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Yilma, T M., Inthiran A., Reidpath D. and Orimaye SO. (2017) Health Information Seeking and its Associated Factors among University Students: A Case in a Middle-Income Setting. In The 21st Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2017). (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A. (2017) Information Sharing and Search Collaboration Activities of Health Consumers in South East Asia. In Proceedings of CHIIR '17: 245-248. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Deverell L., Meyer D., Lau BT., Mahmud AA. and Pan Z. (2017) Optimising technology to measure functional vision, mobility and service outcomes for people with low vision or blindness: protocol for a prospective cohort study in Australia and Malaysia. BMJ Open 7(12) e018140 (Journal Articles)
  • Adu E., Mills A. and Todorova N. (2017) The Digitization of Healthcare: Understanding Personal Health Information Disclosure by Consumers in Developing Countries - An Extended Privacy Calculus Perspective. In Proceedings of ACIS 2017: 9. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A. (2016) A Reflection of mHealth Interventions in South East Asia. July 2015(Article 2) [International Federation Information Processing (IFIP) WG9.4 Newsletter]. (Other)
  • Mills AM. and Todorova NT. (2016) An Integrated Perspective on Factors Influencing Online Health-Information Seeking Behaviours. In Proceedings of ACIS 2016 University of Wollongong Faculty of Business. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A., Selvarajah V., Lai NM., Chaiyakunapruk N., Choo YM., Ahmad Kamar A. and Rajapakse J. (2016) Appraisal Strategies Used by Junior Evidence Based Medicine Practitioners. In. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Yilma TM., Inthiran A. and Reidpath D. (2016) College Students from Developing Countries: Where do they get health information? In (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A., Alhashmi SM. and Ahmed PK. (2016) Describing Health Querying Behavior. In (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Todorova N. and Hoeben K. (2016) From Data to Decisions: A case study of a capability assessment in a health organisation. In Proceedings of European Conference on Information Systems and Management. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Yilma TM., Inthiran A. and Reidpath D. (2016) Health Information Seeking Behavior among college students: A case in a developing country. In CHIIR 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval: 381-383. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Selvarajah V., Inthiran A., Chaiyakunapruk N. and Ming LN. (2016) Information retrieval behaviors Among EBM practitioners when performing evidence based medicine. In CHIIR 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval: 369-371. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Inthiran A. (2016) Online Health Search Experience: Sentiments from South East Asia.. International Journal of Knowledge Content Development and Technology 6(2): 29-42. (Journal Articles)