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Research Biography

Niranjan Bidargaddi, BEng C.Sc, PhD, is the Associate Professor of Personal Health Informatics at College of Medicine and Public Health Flinders University jointly appointed with Country Health SA LHN. He leads the Personal Health Informatics & Digital Psychiatry lab based at Flinders Digital Health Research Centre Tonsley and SAHMRI. He has over over 10 years of diverse experience in health informatics and e-health research, development and consulting. He trained as a Computer Science Engineer, holds a PhD from Monash University (2007), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CSIRO in e-health (2008). Between 2009 to 2016, he worked in a largely operational health informatics role in South Australian Health Department, initially as an informatics advisor (2009-2010) and subsequently as Head of Mental Health Informatics Unit (2011-Jun 2016), and has an extensive trackrecord in translating emerging technologies to improve diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders. He was awarded MRFF TRIP Fellowship to develop and translate a smartphone app which uses smartphone data to predict onset of mental health problems into clinical practice.He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, received over $3M grant funding from industry, government and competitive funding sources (as the lead investigator). He is a Chief Investigator of the ARC Industry Tranformation Research Hub on Digital Enhaced Living (2018-24), and has acted in leadership roles with three Cooperative Research Centers. He has also successfully translated ideas originating from research into commercial applications.

He has developed innovative myHR and smartphone app platforms to improve management of mental illnesses (MindTick and AIsquared). His research focusses of development of systems and tools which lead to eary screening of symptoms, assist individuals integrate the process of behavioural interventions into the fabric of daily lives, enable health professionals to personalise delivery of timely support and medication management outside hospital.

Research Interests

Development and evaluation of eHealth/mHealth systems with a special focus on the application of internet, mobile, social media and telehealth applications in health that 1)  improve access to evidence based health care (eg., mobile and internet interventions, digital telehealth services), 2) increase patient's involvement in their care (eg., self help/monitoring apps), 3) facilitate better communication between patients and clinicians (eg., personally controlled electronic health records), and 4) generate outcome based evidence to influence change in clinical practices, health care process and policy    (eg., decision support systems).

Research Expertise

  • Health informatics
  • e-health research development and consulting

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Technology and wellbeing in young people (2)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Sensing behavioural markers (2)
  • ehealth websites for cancer care (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Digital health

Supervisory Interests

  • e-health
  • Health informatics
  • TeleHealth
  • Digital health
  • Mobile technologies
  • Health Internet of Things
  • Digital games
  • Human behaviour and health
  • Health services research


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