Book Chapter

Clinical data linkages in spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Australia: What are the concerns?

J Moon, MP Galea, M Bohensky

Big Data Analytics in Bioinformatics and Healthcare | Published : 2014


Clinical data linkage amongst patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a challenge, as the Australian Health System is fragmented and there is lack of coordination between multiple data custodians at the state and federal levels, private and public hospitals, and acute and allied health sectors. This is particularly problematic in chronic conditions such as SCI, where multiple data custodians collect data on patients over long periods of time. The author presents findings based on interviews with a range of data custodians for SCI categorized as clinical, statutory, and financial data custodians. It is found that data are kept in different silos, which are not coordinated, hence duplication..

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