National Echo Database Australia

Linking data for vital research

Although more than 900,000 echocardiograms are performed each year in Australia, there is no systematic method of capturing and comparing data from these tests. The newly developed National Echo Database Australia (NEDA) is already the largest echo database in the world.NEDA is designed to obtain measurements and report data, but no images, from each digital echo laboratory across Australia and transfer this important information to a secure database for comparison against mortality data. This broad approach to data collection will allow researchers to answer a series of important questions about heart disease.

Linking and analysing data in the quest for better cardiac health

  • World-leading data collection and research
  • Identifying risks for pulmonary hypertension
  • Improving the prognosis for PHT patients in the future
  • Seeking solutions for better cardiac health outcomes
  • Automated for accuracy, simplicity and privacy
  • Secure, professional with national medical and research oversight

Answering questions about cardiac health

Contemporary Australian data suggest that pulmonary hypertension (PHT) is more common than previously reported and confers a poor prognosis. Data needs to be comprehensively collected and studied to confirm this and compare variables, locations and types of disease.Advanced data analysis will help our understanding of the underlying causes and prognosis of PHT. Insights gained will have a major impact on the diagnosis and management of patients with PHT worldwide.

Participating in world-leading research

NEDA invites laboratories conducting echocardiography to voluntarily support the research. NEDA collects very specific echocardiography data via the transfer of back up copies of the participating laboratories echo database allowing lab staff to support the research without adding time or new procedures.No images are transferred; just a few select measurements and information. For details about laboratory participation or the data acquired, read on here.

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Encourage your echocardiography laboratory to join this world leading research study

Comprehensive information about the NEDA study is available for download in PDF format from the following links:

Overview of NEDA for cardiologistsIntroductory letter to cardiologists