Ping Yu, PhD

Director, Center for IT-enabled Transformation;
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
School of Computing & Information Technology;
Associate Professor , University of Wollongong, Australia

Assoc. Prof. Yu is the Director of the Centre for IT-enabled Transformation in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. As an internationally recognized e-health expert, Dr Yu takes social technical approach to the design and execution of complex multi-method research on the design, adoption, usage and impact of digital technology in health and aged care.

Assoc. Prof. Yu led the development of the original version of e-STEPS, an open source mobile application hosted by World Health Organisation for collecting non-communicable disease surveillance data in community. She pioneered the research on adoption of digital technology in residential aged care. In 2004 she generated research evidence about aged care workers’ capacity and willingness to use IT to management care information, which was appraised to endorse the Australian Government’s approach to encouraging the uptake of information technology in aged care by then Minster for Ageing the Hon Julie Bishop. Dr Yu has continuously led her research team to generate a body of knowledge about the impact of digital technology in residential aged care, including risk management, quality of nursing records and nursing care, such as continence care and medication administration. She has also pioneered the development, implementation and evaluation of an e-appointment system in a primary health care clinic in Australia.

Dr Yu’s recent research includes the introduction of an innovative smart-phone based hypertension management model for community dwelling patients in Ningxia Province, China; audit of errors in electronic medical records for Drug and Alcohol Services in Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW; and disclosing “invisible” alcohol-related morbidity in emergency department presentations in Wollongong Hospital.

To support the battle of our society against dementia, Dr Yu recently initiates an innovative project of developing an online dementia information service based on the semantic web technology, harnessing the “big data” about dementia and dementia care on the internet.

Assoc. Prof. Yu has supervised to completion 8 PhD students, generated 102 peer refereed publications and attracted competitive grants in total of $1,555,962.