XClose

UCL Institute of Health Informatics

Home
Menu

Health informatics

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.


athena-swan-logo

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

The use of text messages to increase adherence in cardiovascular secondary prevention

Worldwide, at least 100 million people have prevalent cardiovascular disease (CVD). Medications, such as antiplatelet therapy, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, beta-blockers and statins have been shown to be cost-effective, as well as safe, in reducing the risk of subsequent cardiovascular events in this population (secondary prevention medications) and are recommended in international guidelines. Unfortunately only a very small proportion of patients with known CVD are using these recommended medications. The widespread ownership of mobile phones and the possibility of automation opens the possibility to deliver at low cost and in large numbers, “behavioral change” interventions in the form of SMS that increase adherence to cardiovascular secondary prevention medications and hence prevent cardiovascular events. This strategy has proven to be successful for other chronic conditions such as HIV.

Published: May 22, 2017 10:31:59 AM

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.