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Multi-million dollar health partnership launches today

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Technologies to deliver better health care for New Zealanders is the focus of a new multi-million dollar research partnership to be launched at the University of Auckland today.

The $37.8 million Precision Driven Healthcare Partnership is a major step forward in data-driven health outcomes aimed at positioning New Zealand at the forefront of precision healthcare internationally.

The partnership involves the University, health software leader Orion Health, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Waitemata District Health Board and new partners are expected to join over its seven-year duration.

As technology changes the way health services are delivered across a wide range of sectors, ground-breaking data analysis and ‘precision medicine’ is likely to play an increasingly larger role in patient care, employing genetic, environmental and social data to drive personalised healthcare.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce will launch the partnership at an event at the University today.

University of Auckland Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim Metson says the University is extremely pleased to be part of the initiative.

"We are delighted to see the Partnership launched as it represents a powerful integration of industry, healthcare providers and leading researchers to provide new tools for improving health outcomes."

Opportunities for the University, whose commercialisation company Uniservices is also involved, include multidisciplinary research projects that will provide opportunities for researchers and doctoral students, Professor Metson says.

University of Auckland Professor Gill Dobbie, Science Lead of the Partnership, says one of the key benefits of the research partnership is its multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional nature.

"Health IT technology is a rapidly evolving and extremely important field of research so this collaboration between industry, government and the tertiary sector is not only timely but ensures New Zealand is at the forefront of advanced science in this field."

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