About the Institute
UCL Institute of Health Informatics uses and creates data to advance science to keep people healthy and to improve their outcomes when they become sick. Our world-leading research and education are immediately applicable and useful for decision makers, including those who develop and evaluate novel interventions. The data, methods and tools we develop 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 new 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.
What we do
Information technologies are revolutionising health care and we work to develop and evaluate systems, and to using the new streams of data that result. Central to our work are electronic health records (EHR), which offer unique opportunities for the advancement of medical research, quality of care and outcomes. In order to create a more effective research e-infrastructure and exploit the wealth of UK EHR for research, we created an EHR-based research platform and unique set of resources including:
- data from primary and secondary care linked to disease registries covering 10m people
- e-infrastructure consisting of state-of-the-art data safe haven and high performance computing facilities
- central, online repository (600 disease and risk factor phenotyping algorithms, tools and metadata)
We have also built a body of research into how EHRs are used in clinical practice, and how we can design EHRs to work better. We strive to understand how people interact with records systems.
Our interdisciplinary, highly-skilled staff bridge fields including data science, bioinformatics, epidemiology, psychology, computer science and information governance, carrying out world-class research and providing students with the tools they need to carry out research in today’s rapidly evolving field of health informatics.