Document Type

Conference Proceeding


SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


3rd Australian eHealth Informatics and Security Conference. Held on the 1-3 December, 2014 at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus, Perth, Western Australia.


The potential to use big data sources for public health increases with the broadening availability of data and improved methods of analysis. Whilst there are some well-known examples of the opportunistic use of big data, such as GoogleFlu, public health has not yet realised the full potential of such data sources. A literature review was undertaken to identify the potential of such data collections to impact public health, and to identify what challenges are currently limiting this potential. The potential include improved real-time analysis, research and development and genome studies. However, challenges listed are poor universal standardisation and classification, privacy and security, as well as current inadequate platforms and tools for analysis. Without such reviews, limited understanding will hinder the rate of advance in utilising such data to improve the health status of population in public health.