UCL Institute of Health Informatics


About the Institute

Actionable Data Science for Health: At the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, we specialise in using data to develop a better understanding of preventing disease and improving patient outcomes.

The UCL Institute of Health Informatics (IHI) is an academic department within the Faculty of Population Health Sciences (FPHS).

What we do

Information technologies are revolutionising health care. At the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, we work to develop and evaluate data collecting systems and utilise the data these systems produce. Large data sets can increase the detail of research findings and can ensure that they are reflective of whole populations by limiting the bias often associated with more traditional trials. 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.

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