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Webinar: A short overview into “how to make a learning healthcare system work”: from linking data, machine learning to ethics

  • 27 May 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • via Zoom, time stated is AEST
  • 188


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The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Section has an exciting international speaker, Katrien Groenhof from the Netherlands, delivering a webinar for SSA members this month.

Title: A short overview into “how to make a learning healthcare system work”: from linking data, machine learning to ethics 

Date: Wednesday 27th May,  5pm AEST


In current day practice, healthcare professionals are set up with the almost impossible task to translate the daily growing amount of evidence and combine it with all clinical parameters from their patients to what is best.On top of that, value improvement in healthcare is emerging as a response to the growing healthcare costs. The complex balance between multimorbidity, polypharmacy, and potential harms and benefits of interventions, makes care nowadays prone to off label treatment and non-adherence to guidelines, potentially leading to more preventable risk and disease in patients. This sparked the interest into a care system that better integrates clinical practice and evidence: a Learning Healthcare System. A Learning Healthcare System is a continuous cycle of data collection (from routine clinical care in the EHRs), data analysis, interpretation of results, and feedback of potential improvements for patients, healthcare professionals, and policymakers, and implementation of improvements. Using the example of cardiovascular risk management, I will give an overview on how routine care data can be used to improve care, how linkage of data sources is important (and how to do this), and what challenges and pitfalls we encountered.

Please feel free to email me if you have any burning questions in advance you would like to see answered (, I will try to squeeze those into the presentation right away. But I will also make sure to have enough time for questions and discussion. Looking forward to “meet” you!


Katrien Groenhof is about to obtain her PhD in epidemiology (defense date postponed due to corona virus measures) after she worked 3 years at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Center Utrecht under supervision of Prof. dr. M.L. Bots, Prof. dr. F.W. Asselbergs, Dr. A.T. Lely, and Dr. S. Haitjema. Her PhD thesis focusses around the development of a learning healthcare system for cardiovascular risk management. This project connects all care professionals involved in cardiovascular care, but also connects different fields of expertise: from clinicians to hard core data scientists. Katrien combined her PhD trajectory with the Postgraduate Master in Epidemiology at Utrecht University, specializing in clinical epidemiology. She was granted the Frits the Waard Penning for original and outstanding research in epidemiology for her work on cardiovascular risk factor trajectories after hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in 2019. As learning is an essential value to her research, so it is to Katrien as a medical professional: she participated in many teaching activities for medical students and the junior epidemiology association and obtained her Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) in 2019. She now works as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology in Meander Medical Center Amersfoort and still really enjoys to bring questions from “the field” to the “scientific bench”, solving questions that might directly improve daily care.

To register

This event is for members of SSA only. It is free, but you will need to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

If you have any questions, please contact Marie-Louise Rankin

Would you please note that the times stated are AEST? 

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