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Yu, Ping Associate Professor

Director, Centre for Digital Transformation

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • School of Computing & Information Technology
  • Associate Professor - School of Computing and Information Technology 2012 -
  • Director - Center for Digital Tranformation 2014 -
  • Group Leader - Digital Health and Digital Aged Care, Smart Infrastructure 2018 -
  • Associate Professor - School of Information Systems and Technology 2013 - 2015

Overview


Assoc. Prof. Yu is the Director of Centre for Digital Transformation in School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong, Australia. She also leads the Group of Digital Health and Digital Aged Care in Smart Infrastructure Facility at UOW. She is an Elected Fellow of Australasian College of Health Informatics and an Associate Editor of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.  

Assoc. Prof. Yu is a leader in collaborative, industry-based research that advocates and supports the digital transformative agenda of health and aged care sectors in Australia and overseas. Taking social technical approach to joint problem solving, she has successfully planned and executed complex, multi-method research on the design, adoption, usage and impact of digital technology in health and aged care for 18 years. Her passion and contribution have been recongised by Don Walker Award for improved access to digital technology by the under-developed economy (aged care) from Health Informatics Society early in 2008. Once again, she led a multi-disciplinary team to win the 2019 Research OSCAR (ROSCAR) Award for the Best Multi-disciplinary Project at Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Assoc. Prof. Yu is one of the earliest researchers in the world to pursue mobile health research. She pioneered the digital health adoption research in residential aged care early in 2003. Sustained leadership has seen her term to contribute a substantial body of cutting-edge knowledge in digital aged care, i.e., electronic nursing documentation and digital solutions for continence care, wound care and medication management. Assoc. Prof. Yu also led the digital transformation of patient appointment system in a primary health care clinic in Australia.

Assoc. Prof. Yu’s recent digital transformative effort is focused on the application of artificial intelligence and data analytics to optimise health and aged care services. Some example projects are (1) application of theory-based, mobile and social media technology for digital transformation of consumer lifestyle and chronic disease management; (2) hospital patient journey mapping and treatment process optimisation; (3) ontology driven, multi-agent technology to improve aged care services; and (4) harnessing semantic web technology to mine “big web data” for improving consumer access to information about dementia and dementia care.

Assoc. Prof. Yu has supervised to completion 8 PhD students, generated 135 peer refereed publications and attracted competitive grants over two million Australian dollars. Currently she supervises 9 PhD candidates.

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>The impacts of this line of research are generating research evidence to promote use of electronic nursing records to improve residential aged care services at a local level with individual aged care providers, supporting product marketing for the medical software companies producing these products, and at a regulatory level advising peak bodies and government. The next generation researchers in health information management and nursing have also been developed in the process.</p><p>I gained full time employment as a lecturer in the School of Information Technology and Computer Science at the University of Wollongong in February 2002. Ever since I have established and consolidated research in health informatics by joining the research group Initiative for e-Health immediately and developing applied research that use multiple theories to solving problems in health information practice in a richly supportive research environment.</p><p>My research in electronic nursing records in residential aged care has developed in parallel with the process of transformation from the “cottage industry” to consumer directed care in Australian aged care in the past 15 years. With the belief that the value of digital technology can only be realised through its application to solving real world problems, I have taken a social technical approach to conduct applied research, unpacking the maze of technology adoption and usage to support aged care services. My research agenda has always been co-developed with industry partner organisations. The research was conducted in residential aged care homes with participants being frontline aged care workers, nurses and managers. Being grateful of the enormous contribution of my industry supporters and participants to the research endeavour, I have always delivered value for them. Our team have always communicated our research findings timely to the partner organisations, workforce and public for aged care practice improvement, to the medical software companies for better product development, and to the peak bodies and government for technology policy development. <br /><br />The next generation nursing and health informatics researchers were developed in this journey, including seven PhD graduates.<br /><br /><br /></p>
  • <p>According to the Deloitte Access Economics report, there were 4.8 million Australians aged over 15 years living with incontinence in 2010. The total financial cost of incontinence (excluding the burden of disease) was estimated to be $42.9 billion. Since 1996, Simavita, a start-up company headquartered in North Sydney, has been developing a revolutionary new product SIM® to help manage incontinence in aged care homes.  SIM® remotely monitors continence events to make assessment easier, simpler and more accurate than existing manual methods.  While the company had confidence in their new product, Simavita needed independent research and evidence to validate SIM® before taking it to market.  “As a small and rapidly growing global business, Simavita does not have the significant research resources at its disposal as a larger company might,” said Simavita’s Chief Executive Officer Philippa Lewis.</p><p>Dr Ping Yu from University of Wollongong’s School of Information Systems and Technology is an expert in the use of information technology to improve the effectiveness of healthcare and evaluation of health information systems.</p><p>The company became aware of Enterprise Connect’s Researchers in Business program that provides funding to help place experts from universities or public research agencies with businesses to develop and implement new commercial ideas.  <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/d597ix8ydn7nrmt/Enterprise-Connect-Success-Story-20110326.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Enterprise Connect provided $50 000, matched by Simavita to engage University of Wollongong researchers, led by </a>Dr<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/d597ix8ydn7nrmt/Enterprise-Connect-Success-Story-20110326.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Yu to evaluate the product</a>.   Researchers conducted two field trials in two aged care facilities and then evaluated the data to validate the efficacy of SIM®.</p><p><strong>Outcome</strong></p><p>Following the validation of its product, Simavita moved quickly to take SIM® to market. The company is now listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with the symbol SVA. It is operating in Australia, Europe and North America.</p><p>UOW and Simavita have continued their successful collaboration through commercial research. A multi-disciplinary team of researchers in Faculty of Informatics and Health & Behavioural Sciences, Dr Ping Yu, Prof. David Hailey, Prof. Richard Fleming and A/Prof. Victoria Traynor have published an original research paper to <em>Journal of Advanced Nursing</em> reporting the impact of SIM® on continence care in residential aged care homes in May 2012. They also disseminated the urinary continence care practices in Australian nursing homes to the international community through Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2014.</p><p>The story of our successful research collaboration was show-cased by NSW Enterprise Connect program, reported in Simavita’s web site and UOW in 2012. It was showcased as <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/2fhydhnt50k8gtz/ContinenceMonitor2014.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a successful university and industry collaborative research case at UOW</a>.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring current data management within clinical research settings Houston, Lauren
    Doctor of Philosophy To develop and evaluate a success model of mobile health interventions for consumer self-management of hypertension Song, Ting
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Evaluating the impacts of mHealth to enhance self-management care of diabetic patients in Saudi Arabia Alshoumr, Bader
    Doctor of Philosophy An Ontology to represent dementia and dementia care knowledge in computer readable format Zhang, Zhenyu
    Master of Research - EIS The Application of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning in Aged Care to Predict Falls and Pressure Injuries Yin, Cedar
    Doctor of Philosophy AI enhanced segmentation, annotation, and recommendation for micro-learning Lin, Jiayin
    Master of Research - EIS Diabetic Monitoring Device Design Zhu, Yunshu
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Comparing Machine Learning Algorithms in Predicting Weight Gain or Loss Alkhalaf, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Understanding Resistance to Health Information Technology (HIT) Alabdulmunim, Abdulmonem
    Doctor of Philosophy A Systematic Study of Currently Used CDSS (Clinical Decision Support System) for Future Development of CDSS Zheng-Long, Tsai
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Using Data from the Electronic Medical Records to Support Type 2 Diabetes Management (Development of an eHealth initiative for managing Type 2 Diabetes). Pathiraja Rathnayaka Hitige, Nadeesha
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Understanding journey of patients with alcohol use disorder in Illawarra & Shoalhaven Local Health District Zhang, Jingxiang
    Doctor of Philosophy Green space and healthy ageing John, Eme
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing Methods to Assess Data Collection Process for Public Health Information Systems Chen, Hong

Professional Service Activities


Teaching Overview


  • 2019 Autumn
    ISIT 333 Social Media and the Workplace
    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2018 Autumn
    ISIT333 Social Media and the Workplace

    2018 Spring
    ISIT406/ISIT906/MICT906 Information Design and Content Management
    ISIT410/ISIT910 IT-enabled Supply Chain Management

    2017 Spring

    ISIT406/ISIT906/MICT906 Information Design and Content Management

    ISIT410/ISIT910 IT-enabled Supply Chain Management

    2016 Spring

    ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    ISIT446/ISIT946 Project and Change Management

    2015 Autumn

    ISIT437/ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    ISIT440/ISIT940 IT Research Methods

    2015 Spring

    ISIT406/ISIT906 Information Design and Content Management

    2014 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2014 Spring

    ISIT201/MCS9301 Information and Communication Security

    ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    2013 Autumn

    ISIT405/ISIT905 Technology Management and Innovation

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2013 Spring

    ISIT409/ISIT909 Advanced Business Process Management

    2012 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    ISIT437/ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    2011 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2011 Spring

    ISIT446/ISIT946 Project and Change Management

    2010 Autumn

    ISIT416/ISIT916 Organisational Issues and Information Technology

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2010 Spring

    ISIT446/ISIT946 Project and Change Management

    2009 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    ISIT437/ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    2009 Spring

    ITCS301 Exploiting Collaborative Technology

    2008 Autumn

    BUSS952 Strategic Information Systems Management

    ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    2007Autumn

    ITCS450/ITCS950 Patterns for e-Business

    ITCS937 Security, Risk Management and Control for e-Commerce

    2007 Spring

    ITCS301 Exploiting Collaborative Technology

    ITCS429/ITCS929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    2006 Autumn

    CSCI315/MCS9315 Database Design and Implementation

    ITCS430/ITCS930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2006 Spring

    IACT303/MCS9303 World Wide Networking

    ITCS429/ITCS929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    2005 Spring

    IACT303/MCS9303 World Wide Networking

    IACT932 Special Topics in IACT B

    ITCS301 Exploiting Collaborative Technology

    2004 Autumn

    ITCS430/ITCS930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    CSCI213 Java Program and Internet

    2004 Spring

    CSCI235 Databases

    2003 Autumn

    ITCS904 Database Systems

    2003 Spring

    CSCI213/ITCS907 Java Programming and Internet

    2002 Autumn

    ITCS904 Database Systems

    2002 Spring

    CSCI235 Databases

    CSCI213/ITCS907 Java Programming and Internet

Keywords


  • e-health,m-health, evaluation, health information systems, health services research, aged care services research

Full Name


  • Assoc. Prof. Ping Yu, PhD

Mailing Address


  • School of Computing and Information Technology

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW - New South Wales

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-1205-2008

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>The impacts of this line of research are generating research evidence to promote use of electronic nursing records to improve residential aged care services at a local level with individual aged care providers, supporting product marketing for the medical software companies producing these products, and at a regulatory level advising peak bodies and government. The next generation researchers in health information management and nursing have also been developed in the process.</p><p>I gained full time employment as a lecturer in the School of Information Technology and Computer Science at the University of Wollongong in February 2002. Ever since I have established and consolidated research in health informatics by joining the research group Initiative for e-Health immediately and developing applied research that use multiple theories to solving problems in health information practice in a richly supportive research environment.</p><p>My research in electronic nursing records in residential aged care has developed in parallel with the process of transformation from the “cottage industry” to consumer directed care in Australian aged care in the past 15 years. With the belief that the value of digital technology can only be realised through its application to solving real world problems, I have taken a social technical approach to conduct applied research, unpacking the maze of technology adoption and usage to support aged care services. My research agenda has always been co-developed with industry partner organisations. The research was conducted in residential aged care homes with participants being frontline aged care workers, nurses and managers. Being grateful of the enormous contribution of my industry supporters and participants to the research endeavour, I have always delivered value for them. Our team have always communicated our research findings timely to the partner organisations, workforce and public for aged care practice improvement, to the medical software companies for better product development, and to the peak bodies and government for technology policy development. <br /><br />The next generation nursing and health informatics researchers were developed in this journey, including seven PhD graduates.<br /><br /><br /></p>
  • <p>According to the Deloitte Access Economics report, there were 4.8 million Australians aged over 15 years living with incontinence in 2010. The total financial cost of incontinence (excluding the burden of disease) was estimated to be $42.9 billion. Since 1996, Simavita, a start-up company headquartered in North Sydney, has been developing a revolutionary new product SIM® to help manage incontinence in aged care homes.  SIM® remotely monitors continence events to make assessment easier, simpler and more accurate than existing manual methods.  While the company had confidence in their new product, Simavita needed independent research and evidence to validate SIM® before taking it to market.  “As a small and rapidly growing global business, Simavita does not have the significant research resources at its disposal as a larger company might,” said Simavita’s Chief Executive Officer Philippa Lewis.</p><p>Dr Ping Yu from University of Wollongong’s School of Information Systems and Technology is an expert in the use of information technology to improve the effectiveness of healthcare and evaluation of health information systems.</p><p>The company became aware of Enterprise Connect’s Researchers in Business program that provides funding to help place experts from universities or public research agencies with businesses to develop and implement new commercial ideas.  <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/d597ix8ydn7nrmt/Enterprise-Connect-Success-Story-20110326.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Enterprise Connect provided $50 000, matched by Simavita to engage University of Wollongong researchers, led by </a>Dr<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/d597ix8ydn7nrmt/Enterprise-Connect-Success-Story-20110326.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Yu to evaluate the product</a>.   Researchers conducted two field trials in two aged care facilities and then evaluated the data to validate the efficacy of SIM®.</p><p><strong>Outcome</strong></p><p>Following the validation of its product, Simavita moved quickly to take SIM® to market. The company is now listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with the symbol SVA. It is operating in Australia, Europe and North America.</p><p>UOW and Simavita have continued their successful collaboration through commercial research. A multi-disciplinary team of researchers in Faculty of Informatics and Health & Behavioural Sciences, Dr Ping Yu, Prof. David Hailey, Prof. Richard Fleming and A/Prof. Victoria Traynor have published an original research paper to <em>Journal of Advanced Nursing</em> reporting the impact of SIM® on continence care in residential aged care homes in May 2012. They also disseminated the urinary continence care practices in Australian nursing homes to the international community through Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2014.</p><p>The story of our successful research collaboration was show-cased by NSW Enterprise Connect program, reported in Simavita’s web site and UOW in 2012. It was showcased as <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/2fhydhnt50k8gtz/ContinenceMonitor2014.pdf?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a successful university and industry collaborative research case at UOW</a>.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring current data management within clinical research settings Houston, Lauren
    Doctor of Philosophy To develop and evaluate a success model of mobile health interventions for consumer self-management of hypertension Song, Ting
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Evaluating the impacts of mHealth to enhance self-management care of diabetic patients in Saudi Arabia Alshoumr, Bader
    Doctor of Philosophy An Ontology to represent dementia and dementia care knowledge in computer readable format Zhang, Zhenyu
    Master of Research - EIS The Application of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning in Aged Care to Predict Falls and Pressure Injuries Yin, Cedar
    Doctor of Philosophy AI enhanced segmentation, annotation, and recommendation for micro-learning Lin, Jiayin
    Master of Research - EIS Diabetic Monitoring Device Design Zhu, Yunshu
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Comparing Machine Learning Algorithms in Predicting Weight Gain or Loss Alkhalaf, Mohammad
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Understanding Resistance to Health Information Technology (HIT) Alabdulmunim, Abdulmonem
    Doctor of Philosophy A Systematic Study of Currently Used CDSS (Clinical Decision Support System) for Future Development of CDSS Zheng-Long, Tsai
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Using Data from the Electronic Medical Records to Support Type 2 Diabetes Management (Development of an eHealth initiative for managing Type 2 Diabetes). Pathiraja Rathnayaka Hitige, Nadeesha
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Understanding journey of patients with alcohol use disorder in Illawarra & Shoalhaven Local Health District Zhang, Jingxiang
    Doctor of Philosophy Green space and healthy ageing John, Eme
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing Methods to Assess Data Collection Process for Public Health Information Systems Chen, Hong

Professional Service Activities


Teaching Overview


  • 2019 Autumn
    ISIT 333 Social Media and the Workplace
    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2018 Autumn
    ISIT333 Social Media and the Workplace

    2018 Spring
    ISIT406/ISIT906/MICT906 Information Design and Content Management
    ISIT410/ISIT910 IT-enabled Supply Chain Management

    2017 Spring

    ISIT406/ISIT906/MICT906 Information Design and Content Management

    ISIT410/ISIT910 IT-enabled Supply Chain Management

    2016 Spring

    ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    ISIT446/ISIT946 Project and Change Management

    2015 Autumn

    ISIT437/ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    ISIT440/ISIT940 IT Research Methods

    2015 Spring

    ISIT406/ISIT906 Information Design and Content Management

    2014 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2014 Spring

    ISIT201/MCS9301 Information and Communication Security

    ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    2013 Autumn

    ISIT405/ISIT905 Technology Management and Innovation

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2013 Spring

    ISIT409/ISIT909 Advanced Business Process Management

    2012 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    ISIT437/ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    2011 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2011 Spring

    ISIT446/ISIT946 Project and Change Management

    2010 Autumn

    ISIT416/ISIT916 Organisational Issues and Information Technology

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2010 Spring

    ISIT446/ISIT946 Project and Change Management

    2009 Autumn

    ISIT430/ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    ISIT437/ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    2009 Spring

    ITCS301 Exploiting Collaborative Technology

    2008 Autumn

    BUSS952 Strategic Information Systems Management

    ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management

    2007Autumn

    ITCS450/ITCS950 Patterns for e-Business

    ITCS937 Security, Risk Management and Control for e-Commerce

    2007 Spring

    ITCS301 Exploiting Collaborative Technology

    ITCS429/ITCS929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    2006 Autumn

    CSCI315/MCS9315 Database Design and Implementation

    ITCS430/ITCS930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    2006 Spring

    IACT303/MCS9303 World Wide Networking

    ITCS429/ITCS929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing

    2005 Spring

    IACT303/MCS9303 World Wide Networking

    IACT932 Special Topics in IACT B

    ITCS301 Exploiting Collaborative Technology

    2004 Autumn

    ITCS430/ITCS930 Introduction to Health Informatics

    CSCI213 Java Program and Internet

    2004 Spring

    CSCI235 Databases

    2003 Autumn

    ITCS904 Database Systems

    2003 Spring

    CSCI213/ITCS907 Java Programming and Internet

    2002 Autumn

    ITCS904 Database Systems

    2002 Spring

    CSCI235 Databases

    CSCI213/ITCS907 Java Programming and Internet

Keywords


  • e-health,m-health, evaluation, health information systems, health services research, aged care services research

Full Name


  • Assoc. Prof. Ping Yu, PhD

Mailing Address


  • School of Computing and Information Technology

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW - New South Wales

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-1205-2008

Geographic Focus