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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.

Find out more about what staff and students think about working and studying at the Institute in relation to culture, attitudes and support here ... 


News and events

Sex differences in the medical profession

There is much discussion about sex differences in the medical profession. Female doctors earn less, and are less likely to be senior authors on academic papers, yet they are less likely to be sanctioned, and have been found to perform better academically. We have replicated the difference in academic performance in a large cohort, 7670 doctors, taking the MRCP (UK) PACES exam, both in the UK and internationally. Even controlling for other variables, female doctors outperformed their male counterparts. The difference was largest in the non-UK subgroup, but the effect was still significant in UK graduates.

Published: Apr 22, 2018 9:02:02 PM

New IHI research presented at conferences

Research involving staff at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics has been presented at recent conferences. Work by Pippa Bark and Henry Potts at UCL, working with Maria Barnard, a consultant diabetologist at the Whittington Hospital and a graduate of UCL's MSc in Health Informatics, was presented at the 2018 Diabetes UK Professional Conference. The team showed that patients on the Whittington's Diabetes Self-Management Programme showed improvements in patient activation and glycaemic control, but they faced multiple challenges in sustaining behaviour change in the long term.

Published: Apr 22, 2018 8:58:44 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.