Nathan Lea

Mr Nathan Lea
Senior Research Associate

+44 (0)20 7288 3798

Dr Nathan Lea

Nathan is a Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics (IHI) working on projects in clinical care and research. His research interests include the role of information systems in supporting healthcare delivery and empowering patients, and Information Governance in the use of genetic, health and social care records in clinical research, particularly in the Age of Information and Big Data.

Nathan works on the Information Law and Governance In Clinical Practice and eHealth modules of the IHI’s Health Informatics MSc and courses in UCL’s MBBS. He has co-developed and deployed clinical information systems used at Whittington Health for Cardiovascular care and Dementia registries in partnership with the West London Mental Health Trust and UCL’s Dementia Research Centre.

Nathan works with the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and is a member of the Innovative Governance Group. He sits on the Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team and UCL’s Security Working Group.


The list below does not include publications in press, papers in review or in progress, please contact me for details of these.

  • Lea NC, Nicholls J, Dobbs C, Sethi N, Cunningham J, Ainsworth J, Heaven M, Peacock T, Peacock A, Jones K, Laurie G, Kalra D
    Data Safe Havens and Trust: Toward a Common Understanding of Trusted Research Platforms for Governing Secure and Ethical Health Research JMIR Med Inform, 2016;4(2):e22 DOI: 10.2196/medinform.5571
  • Lea NC, Nicholls J: Are patient relationships the driver for information governance? British Journal of General Practice, 2016; 66(648):342-343. doi:10.3399/bjgp16X685753
  • Laurie G, Ainsworth J, Cunningham J, Dobbs C, Jones KH, Kalra D, Lea NC, Sethi N: On moving targets and magic bullets: Can the UK lead the way with responsible data linkage for health research? International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2015
  • Austin T, Sun S, Lim YS, et al. An Electronic Healthcare Record Server Implemented in PostgreSQL. Journal of Healthcare Engineering; 6(3):325-344, 2015
  • Lea, NC: Design and Development of a Knowledge Modelling Approach to Govern the Use of Electronic Health Records for Research, UCL, PhD Thesis, 2015
  • Tapuria A, Evans M, Austin T, Lea N, Kalra D: Development and evaluation of a memory clinic information system. Stud Health Technol Inform , 205 106-110, 2014
  • Tapuria, A; Austin, T; Sun, S; Lea, N; Iliffe, S; Kalra, D: Clinical advantages of a decision support tool for anticoagulation control. In: IEEE Point-of-Care Healthcare Technologies (PHT) (pp. 331 - 334), 2013
  • Lea N, Knowledge Management in the Protection of Healthcare Data Security Hospital Healthcare Europe 2009, Campden Publishing, 2009
  • Austin T, Kalra D, Lea N, Patterson D, Ingram D: Analysis of
    Clinical Record Data for Anticoagulation Management within an EHR
    System. The Open Medical Informatics Journal 3, 2009
  • Lea NC, Austin T, Hailes S, Kalra D: Expression of Security Policy in Medical Systems for Electronic Healthcare Records, Proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology Conference 2009, 2009
  • Austin T, Sun S, Lea N, Iliffe S, Kalra D, Ingram D, Patterson D:
    Clinical Benefits of an Embedded Decision Support System in
    Anticoagulant Control, Proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology Conference 2009, 2009
  • Lea N, Hailes S, Austin T, Kalra D: Knowledge Management for the Protection of Information in Electronic Healthcare Records, Proceedings of the MIE 2008 Conference, 2008
  • Ausitn T, Kalra D, Tapuria A, Lea N, Ingram D: Implementation of a Query Interface for a Generic Record Server, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2008
  • Lea, NC. Interpres: The Implementation of an Electronic Healthcare Record Application in an Enterprise JavaBean Environment, MSc Dissertation, UCL, 2003


Personal History

Nathan received a BA (Hons) in Classics from The Department of Greek and Latin, UCL in 2001. He has worked in the area of IT in healthcare since 1998. In 2002 he enrolled on an MSc Conversion Course with the Department of Computer Science, UCL to expand his knowledge of computing. During this course, he applied his working and research experience to the study of Health Informatics by completing a dissertation with the EHR group at CHIME. After working in the private software development sector, he joined the EHR group at CHIME as a Research Fellow and completed a PhD part time.

Postal address and contact information

Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education
Institute of Health Informatics, University College London
222 Euston Road

Phone: 020-3549-5293
Fax: 020-7679-8002 (Please mark FAO: Nathan Lea)
E-mail: n.lea@ucl.ac.uk