The UCL Institute of Health Informatics
Harnessing health data to address key clinical questions to help save lives has never been more urgent. In a global public health emergency such as the one we are currently facing, rapid and safe access to UK health data is vital to be able to undertake research that will inform government policy around public behavior and clinical guidelines to treat patients. Our latest research:
The UCL Institute of Health Informatics uses and creates data to advance the science preventing sickness and improving disease outcomes. Our world-leading research and education offering are immediately applicable for decision makers, including those developing and evaluating novel interventions. The data, methods and tools we develop at the Institue directly impact the decision making of clinicians and patients, health care organisations, drug developers, and public policy makers.
By building bridges between data science and health, we bring a rigorous approach to research and education at a local, national and international level to encourage the development of new technology and commercial opportunities. We see this emerging field of data science for health as ‘diverse data for diverse research questions, delivered by diverse research and technical disciplines’. Our existing projects use data from electronic health records, administrative data, genomics and multi-omics, mobile and wearable devices, and publicly available data.
- To carry out high quality research particularly where the scale or detail of data allows scientific advance coupled to relevance for decision makers.
- To build underpinning research capability - the methods and tools - for working with diverse forms of health data.
- To disseminate our research and education through a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training opportunities relevant to health professionals and health services providers.
- To develop our staff as an emerging generation of data scientists for health, equipped to deliver successful inter-disciplinary team science.
- To grow national and international collaborations, starting with new partnerships across UCL, other London universities and our local NHS Trusts.
- 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 our Athena Swan activities as well as what staff and students think about working and studying at the Institute in relation to culture, attitudes and support by visiting the UCL IHI Athena Swan webpage. Or watch the video about working and studying at IHI