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A/PROF Douglas Boyle


  • Healthcare Information Technology (Health Informatics, EHR, Record Linkage, Consent, Interfacing, Security, XML, Diabetes)



  • Dr Boyle is the Director of the Research Information Technology Unit (R2). Since 2006 Dr Boyle has been researching, developing and implementing systems for the ethical acquisition of record-linkable data for audit, research and health surveillance. Consent management, security and privacy-protecting record linkage are key components and research areas. The software systems (GRHANITE™) are now responsible for the largest collections of record-linkable primary care data ever accumulated in Australia. Prior to emigrating from Scotland in 2006, Dr Boyle worked in a similar capacity to develop and implement technologies for wide-scale data acquisition. His system SCI-DC Network is internationally recognised and is playing a continuing key role in the support of population-based diabetes health service provision across Scotland. Contribution to Research: • Access to primary care data in a systematic, record-linkable manner has been almost impossible in Australia. CI Boyle’s contribution to research is as an enabler of research by providing access to such data for the first time ever. With increasing access to primary care data, research in this field is predicted to advance markedly in the coming years. This shall provide evidence and techniques to support effective primary and secondary prevention strategies, decrease hospital admission rates, improve health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs. • GRHANITE™ and research utilizing GRHANITE™ is providing evidence to support changing strategies for Sexually Transmitted Infection strategies and health surveillance. • GRHANITE™ is utilized in the Human Variome Australia Node project and is linking Phenotypic data to Genotypic data for international research • GRHANITE™ is utilized by BioGrid Australia and supports numerous record linkage research projects in Australia. Collaborations: • Collaborator and AI on the Mothers After Gestational Diabetes in Australia (MAGDA) NHMRC Partnership Project, Deakin, Flinders, Melbourn   


Member of

  • Health Informatics Society of Australia. Member, Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) 2006 - 2007


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Since 2006, Dr Boyle has generated over $4M income in grant and commercial funding at the University of Melbourne. This income is principally through the implementation of the GRHANITE technologies is research and health surveillance activities. Estimated Dundee University contribution through co-applicant submissions: £750,000
    Estimated UK NHS staff funding through co-applicant submissions and negotiation: £2,500,000

    2005 onwards (recurring): Scottish Care Information – Diabetes Collaboration – A single patient record strategy for NHS Scotland. Value: Recurring funding ~ £750,000 per annum. Sponsor: Scottish Executive Health Department Core Infrastructure Funding. Funds for senior University staff via’d from the NHS budget ~£80,000 per annum.

    Best Information through Regional outcomes (BIRO): A Shared Evidence-Based Diabetes Information System to Support European Health Policy. Value: 73,640 € Sponsor: DG Sanco (European Commission). Principal UK Applicant: Boyle DIR.

    2002 – 2005: Scottish Care Information – Diabetes Collaboration – A single patient record strategy for NHS Scotland. Value: £1,500,000 Sponsor: Scottish Executive Health Department. Funds for senior University staff via’d from the NHS budget ~£210,000

    2002 – 2003: The frequency of symptomatic hypoglycaemia in insulin treated diabetes: A population based cohort study (Medicines Monitoring Unit, University of Dundee). Value: £90,514 Sponsor: Aventis Pharma Ltd., 9 applicants

    2000 – 2002: The value of improving insulin adherence in Type I and Type II diabetes (Medicines Monitoring Unit, University of Dundee). Value: £107,200 Sponsor: UKWIND, 5 applicants
    2000: Adherence to prescribed medication in patients with type 2 Diabetes: A population study (Medicines Monitoring Unit, University of Dundee). Value: £81,07   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Dundee 2005
  • BSc (Hons), University of Abertay Dundee 1995
  • PGDip IT, University of Dundee 1990

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics, 2006