ADJUNCT FACULTY

Nationality

Australian

Area of expertise

  • Health Informatics
  • Project Management
  • e-Governance
  • Strategy

Education 

  • Victoria University
  • RMIT University

Academic experience

  • Charles Darwin University, Melbourne Campus, Australia
  • Charles Sturt University, Melbourne Campus, Australia
  • Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
  • RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • IBM GSA, USA and Australia

 

Dr Chandana Unnithan is currently engaged in building a progressive inter-disciplinary agenda in Health Informatics and Analytics, under the auspices of United Nations Action Team 6, which falls within the purview of United Nations Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) lead by Canada (see http://at6fui.weebly.com/dr-chandana-unnithan.html ) These research projects focuses on leveraging digital technologies and innovations for enhancing quality of public health across the globe. She collaborates with senior academics/labs in University of Koblenz-Landau (Mathematics and Computer Science), in Germany, in St Louis University, USA (Medicine, Public Health and Clinical Informatics) and varied collaborators within India and Australia. The scope of these projects are in using space technologies for GPS tagging of data, to create public health risk maps (eg. crowd sourcing), providing GPS-tailored information on public health risk and public health resources according to the geo-location of the users, GPS navigation, satellite communication, remote sensing etc. Analytics is used for processing the data gathered and presentation of results using information visualisation techniques. Mobile applications are being developed for community-based crowd sourcing of data (and also applied in varied locations). The collaborators work on a virtual project management platform, Trello and use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and mobile applications such as Whatsapp.
 

Knowledge gathered from varied projects are published progressively (as follows).

Journal Articles: 

  • Unnithan C, Niehaus E, Babu A (2016) Actor-Networks in Virtual Project Management: An experience in inter-disciplinary research and practice of public health, Invited paper in International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technology Innovation (IJANTTI) (invited submission)
  • Unnithan C, Swatman P (2016) Social media and health: The Australian Paradigm, Big Data and Society Journal, Sage Publications (in progress)
  • Unnithan C, Swatman PMC (2016) An Australian Perspective on ensuring Participant Privacy in Social Media Based Research, Big Data and Society Journal, Sage Publications (in progress)
  • Swatman PMC, Unnithan C (2015) Ethical participant recruitment using social media: Issues and some preliminary suggestions, Health Research Council of New Zealand, HRC Ethics Notes, May 5th.
  • Babu AN, Soman B, Niehaus E, Shah J, Sarda NL, Ramkumar PS, Unnithan C (2014) Community-based Early Warning and Adaptive Response System (EWARS) for mosquito borne diseases: An open source/open community approach, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 11/2014, XL-8:167-170. (Impact factor: 3.13)
  • Unnithan C (2014) RFID Implementation in Australian Hospitals: Implications for ICT Sector and Health Informatics, International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems (IJEIS), Volume 10(2).
  • Unnithan C, Tatnall A (2014) Actor-Network Theory (ANT) based visualisation of Socio-Technical Facets of RFID Technology Translation: An Australian Hospital Scenario, International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technology Innovation (IJANTTI), Volume 2(2).

Book Chapters: 

  • Unnithan C, Tatnall A (2016) Radio Frequency Identification Technology in an Australian regional hospital: An innovation translation experience with ANT, a chapter in Maximizing Healthcare Delivery and Management through Technology Integration, IGI Publications, USA
  • Unnithan C, Fraunholz B (2014) Radio Frequency Identification Technology as an Analytical Lens and Solution in Hospitals: A novel approach in BPR/BPM, Health care Informatics and Analytics: Emerging Issues and Trends; Edited by Dr Madjid Tavana (La Salle University, USA), Dr Amir Hossein Ghapanchi (Griffith University, Australia), and Dr Amir Talaei-Khoei (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia) - Advances in Health care Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series), IGI publications, USA.

Conference Publications:  

  • Unnithan C, Swatman P (2015) Social media and health: The Australian Paradigm, for Social media and Society Conference (SMSociety15), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, July.
  • Unnithan C (2015) APCOGS-EVM – an mobile urban waste management social media application, for Social media and Society Conference (SMSociety15), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, July (POSTER).
  • Unnithan C, Ramkumar P, Babu A, Joseph S, Patil S, Joshi A (2014) Mobile waste management for smart cities: monitoring sanitation through living labs, International Conference on ICT for Sustainable Development (ICT4SD), Ahmedabad, India, Proceedings in Springer Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Series (AISC).
  • Unnithan C (2014) Data Extraction and visualisation through Social Media & Living Labs Framework to combat NTDs (National Tropical Diseases), Invited poster for presentation at IBM Centre for Business Analytics and Performance, Located at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, September 29-30, Ottawa, Canada (POSTER)
  • Unnithan C and Andronis K (2014) Exploring Analytics in Health Information delivery to Acute Health Care in Australia, International Conference on Analytics Driven Solutions (ICAS 2014), held at IBM Centre for Business Analytics and Performance, Located at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Mini track on optimising use of Analytics in Healthcare, September 29-30, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Unnithan C, Tatnall A, Burgess S (2014) Information Visualisation and Knowledge Re-construction of RFID Technology Translation in Australian hospitals, International Conference on Analytics Driven Solutions (ICAS 2014), to be held at IBM Centre for Business Analytics and Performance, Located at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, PhD Colloquium September 29-30, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Unnithan C, Babu A (2014) Twitter, Facebook and Living Labs Versus Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) for India, Invited paper presented at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies for Competitive Strategies (ICTCS), Udaipur, Rajasthan, India under the auspices of Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Computer Society of India, November 14-16th. (Invited)