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Webster, David J. Mr

IT Manager

  • Faculty of Business
  • Australian Health Services Research Institute

Overview


David Webster is an IT Manager at the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong (UOW). In this role, he is responsible for the management and development of a range of systems which support the work of all of AHSRI's research centres, including:

Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP)
: CHRISP operates the Illawarra Health Information Platform (IHIP), a research databank and data linkage platform holding more than 15 years of health data about residents in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region. This ethically approved data platform enables the provision of linked data to researchers through an application process governed by a joint committee of Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) and UOW senior staff. David is responsible for the design and management of IHIP and has contributed to the authorship of governance processes and documentation which support the platform. 

Australian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC), Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC), electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Centres (ePPOC): AHSRI's three outcomes centres work with health services around Australia and New Zealand to define data collections which enable national, state and cohort benchmarking of patient outcomes in their respective clinical domains. Collectively, there are more than 200 participating services in these programs. David, through management of AHSRI's IT team, is responsible for the development of the IT systems which enable the collection, submission, management and analysis of benchmarking data, including web and desktop applications and the servers and databases which support them. These systems involve the real-world application of principles of health informatics, including protection of patient and health service privacy through data security and system design and ensuring of system usability both for end-users and data analysts within AHSRI who use the data to produce outcomes benchmark reports.

Centre for Health Services Deveopment (CHSD): David is responsible for the provision and support of IT systems which enable the research and evaluation programmes of CHSD, including regularly used systems for data capture (REDCap, Qualtrix), communication and documentation (Confluence, WebEx, Zoom) and the design of integrations between various systems required for specific projects. 

David's study and experience in Computer Science, Mathematics and Health Services Research form an effective foundation for his work in this role. AHSRI's unique multi-disciplinary environment enables the researchers from the disciplines of health services research, statistics, information technology and qualitative research to work together on complex projects with national impact. His background in private-sector IT consultancy assists in the development of relationships between AHSRI and the UOW research community, UOW IMTS and the health sector.

Research Overview


  • In his role as IT Manager for AHSRI, David is involved in multi-disciplinary teams conducting health services research projects for all of AHSRI's sub-centres, working alongside qualitative and quantitative researchers, statisticians, health discipline content experts and centre directors. This multi-disciplinary environment helps to ensure that IT solutions are effective in enabling the collection and/or aggregation of data from different sources (both research participants, and systems which hold routinely collected data), the management of this data and its transformation to a form convenient for analysis.

    This experience has led to innovative approaches to data management where the key relevant issues are considered systematically: security of data when held in publicly available web-applications, data validation and reporting of data quality issues, integration of received data with existing data, integration of information regarding data validity with the content data and integration of derivations based on a raw dataset which make the data provided to analysts more immediately useful.

    The work of designing, implementing and gaining ethical approval for IHIP, CHRISP's data linkage platform has led to an understanding of the important issues around establishment of data linkage systems and research databanks, and the national and international landscape for this class of systems. David's interest in this area is to further develop IHIP to the point of being a replicatable platform which addresses the technical, security and privacy issues associated with data linkage.

Has Collaborator


Selected Publications


  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2001

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Psychology - The Abstracts of the 9th Australasian Personal Construct Psychology Conference.
    Page
    p. 93

Education And Training


  • Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research and Development, University of Wollongong 2013
  • Faculty of Informatics 1996 - 1999

Research Overview


  • In his role as IT Manager for AHSRI, David is involved in multi-disciplinary teams conducting health services research projects for all of AHSRI's sub-centres, working alongside qualitative and quantitative researchers, statisticians, health discipline content experts and centre directors. This multi-disciplinary environment helps to ensure that IT solutions are effective in enabling the collection and/or aggregation of data from different sources (both research participants, and systems which hold routinely collected data), the management of this data and its transformation to a form convenient for analysis.

    This experience has led to innovative approaches to data management where the key relevant issues are considered systematically: security of data when held in publicly available web-applications, data validation and reporting of data quality issues, integration of received data with existing data, integration of information regarding data validity with the content data and integration of derivations based on a raw dataset which make the data provided to analysts more immediately useful.

    The work of designing, implementing and gaining ethical approval for IHIP, CHRISP's data linkage platform has led to an understanding of the important issues around establishment of data linkage systems and research databanks, and the national and international landscape for this class of systems. David's interest in this area is to further develop IHIP to the point of being a replicatable platform which addresses the technical, security and privacy issues associated with data linkage.

Has Collaborator


Selected Publications


  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2001

    Published In
    Australian Journal of Psychology - The Abstracts of the 9th Australasian Personal Construct Psychology Conference.
    Page
    p. 93

Education And Training


  • Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research and Development, University of Wollongong 2013
  • Faculty of Informatics 1996 - 1999
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