UCL Institute of Health Informatics



The UCL Institute of Health Informatics aims to harness electronic health records in their broadest sense for research to improve health and healthcare. We seek to create a more effective research e-infrastructure for healthcare data, making better use of electronic records and enabling more informed decision making by patients and professionals.

At the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, we exploit synergies in health informatics across inter-related areas. A central focus of the research taking place within the Institue is to develop undeprinning methods to exploit the scale and phenotypic resolution of electronic health records to accelerate early and late phase translational research. 

Investigators carrying out translational research are using health data to discover new disease mechanisms, drug targets, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, trial new interventions, assess the quality and outcomes of care as well as challenge approaches to public health. This class of research exploits the beneficial features of linked electronic health records such increased scale, phenotypic resolution and efficiency.

Alternatively, some investigators come from a ‘big data’ tradition. They carry out research that allows the data to ‘speak for themselves.’ Some are focused on using applications of computing, including the internet and mobile communication technologies, to improve and potentially transform the nature and delivery of healthcare, including improved systems and the relation between a citizen and their health. 

Directory of Expertise at IHI

Our staff works across a number of research areas, you can find out more on our Directory of Expertise

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A unique research platform consisting of ‘research ready’ variables extracted from linked electronic health records

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We currently lead on the public health data science aspects of several major multi-group collaborative grants
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National study about COVID-19 infections in care homes, led by Dr Laura Shallcross.

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BigData@Heart is a 5-year project of the Innovative Medicines Initiative

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Health Research Data (HDR) UK

Health Data Research UK is uniting the UK’s health data to make discoveries that improve people’s lives

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Healthcare Informatics, Genomics/Omics, Data Science (HIGODS)

The aim of the Healthcare Informatics, Genomics/Omics, Data Science (HIGODS) theme is to improve health through data

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UCLH/UCL BRC Clinical Research Informatics Unit (CRIU)

The Clinical and Research Informatics Unit (CRIU) works to develop a robust environment and infrastructure for the analysis of clinical data

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Research from the Institute continues to impact the health of millions.

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Data Analytics

The Institute has a distinctive vocation in using various data. 

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Patient and Public Involvement

IHI promotes a new culture of engagement between the public, patients, clinicians and researchers, based on joint development of consent models