UCL Institute of Health Informatics


New Paper: Next Generation Electronic Health Record Phenotype Libraries

20 September 2021

HDR UK and IHI colleagues, Dr Vasa Ćurčin and Dr Martin Chapman, publish new paper on 'desiderata for the development of next-generation electronic health record phenotype libraries'.

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Defining a set of patients that share some common characteristics, such as a disease or a demographics profile, is important for both medical research and medical practice - which patients should receive some treatment, how were the patients selected for a particular study, why was an algorithm recommendation triggered for an individual. To support transparency and openness of research, such definitions are increasingly stored in phenotype libraries so that anyone can check how a particular paper or a software tool defines a certain patient population or a certain disease.

This paper sets out the best-of-breed practices and future ambitions for phenotype libraries, based on the work done in HDR UK's Phenomics theme, and in collaboration with our partners from the US's eMerge network. Looking at a range of aspects of phenotype libraries, from storage to data quality and richness, it will inform the future developments in the area, such as UK's new national Phenotype Portal.

Read the full paper