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Health informatics is about using information technologies to improve health, from big data to designing software used by clinicians, or apps used by patients. The vision of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics is to conduct high quality research that leverages health informatics approaches at local, national and international levels.

We are developing cutting edge programmes of research in the areas of Discovery Science, Precision Medicine, Learning Health Systems, Public Health and Citizen Driven Health.  These programmes of research are underpinned by: excellent secure data infrastructure; adding value to key linked data resources to make data research-ready; development of multidisciplinary methodological expertise; engagement with patients, the public and health services; strong local, national and international academic partnerships and excellent multidisciplinary training programmes.


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The Institute aims to improve working conditions and create a working environment that supports all staff equally. Our action plan addresses priorities and initiatives for the next three years (up to 2018) across five key priority areas: support for students; support for staff at key career transition points; recruitment, promotion and retention of female staff and students; career breaks, workload and flexible working; and culture, communication and departmental organisation.

News and events

Farr researcher awarded NIHR In-Practice Fellowhip

Meena Rafiq is a GP who has been working at the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, London, during her Academic Clinical Fellowship in Primary Care, while completing a Master's in Epidemiology at LSHTM. She has been awarded a two-year NIHR In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) to investigate the role of childhood infections on development of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early life, using primary care linked CPRD data. This project is a joint collaboration between Farr London and the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM, involving Professor Andrew Hayward, Dr Sara Thomas, Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash and Dr Spiros Denaxas.  

Published: Jul 21, 2017 4:04:07 PM

Senior Research Fellow

A new opportunity has arisen within the Precision Health Informatics Data Lab (phidatalab.org), a pan-London lab that sits across the Farr Institute, UCL and King's College London. Key to the mission of the group is to generate excellent research in health informatics, but to also deliver novel data driven interventions and tooling into the NHS. This role will play a key role in delivery of a number of these projects, including CogStack, an information retrieval and extraction platform (http://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/04/02/123299). It implements best-of-breed enterprise search, natural language processing, analytics and visualisation technologies to unlock the health record and assist in clinical decision making and research. Additional projects include the EU H2020 KConnect project where we are overlaying semantic annotation and search capability supporting, for example, recruitment of patients into the 100k Genomics England project through HPO term annotation.

Published: Jul 18, 2017 12:20:01 PM

Themes

Themes

We are developing coordinated interdisciplinary programmes of research using Electronic Health Records across the areas of Discovery Science, Precision Medicine, Public Health, Learning Health Systems and Citizen Driven Health. Find out more... 

Diseases

Diseases

The Institute works across clinical disease areas, including: cardiovascular disease, infection, cancer, mental health, ENT and neurodegeneration. Find out more...

Study

Study

We offer a range of flexible taught and research postgraduate study programmes which combine theory with practice. Further details of our courses can be found here.

People

People

The Institute brings together a diverse and skilled workforce, working together to improve the health of the population. Find staff and students in the Institute here.

Publications

Publications

We aim to use big data and health informatics approaches to improve health at local, national and international levels, see our publications here.

Data lab

Data lab

The CALIBER research platform consists of highly trained staff, data resources and tools, specialised infrastructure, and training and support. Find out more about the Data lab and the CALIBER resource here.