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Harnessing Electronic Health Records for Research

An intensive programme of short courses

2019 saw the return of our unique programme of inter-related one- and two-day courses in the rapidly developing field of electronic health records research, spanning a wide range of applications in basic and applied health research. Below you will find the detailed schedule of 2019 programme.

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Week 1: Using Patient Data in Research

10 June11 June12 June13 June14 June
Learning Health Systems SQL for Biomedical Researchers (day 1 of 2)SQL for Biomedical Researchers  (day 2 of 2)Answering Clinical Research Questions with Health RecordsInnovation in care with health data – a one day Hackathon

Week 2: Practical Skills for Records Research

17 June18 June19 June20 June21 June
Genetic Association Studies and Mendelian Randomisation  (day 1 of 2)Genetic Association Studies and Mendelian Randomisation (day 2 of 2)Introduction to R for Healthcare ResearchersIntroduction to Python for Health Data ScienceVisualising Health Informatics Research

Week 3: New Approaches for Records Research

24 June25 June26 June27 June28 June
Phenotyping Methods for Linked EHRs - CALIBERMachine Learning: Supervised Learning Machine Learning: Unsupervised LearningAnalysing Free Text in Medical Records  (day 1 of 2)Analysing Free Text in Medical Records  (day 2 of 2)

What can I learn?

These courses address the ‘why?’, the ‘what?’ and the ‘how?’ of EHR research and critically evaluate scientific opportunities and challenges, in what is being proposed as a new paradigm in medical research.

Taught by internationally recognised faculty, they span data-intensive biomedical research across diverse forms of EHR (nationally available data from primary and secondary care), regional data in hospital informatics, as well as applied EHR research.

Who are these courses for?

The courses are intended for people from a wide range of backgrounds - including health care, epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, NHS IT, bioinformatics, genomics and computer science - and at different career stages, from those thinking of doing an MSc or PhD to established researchers.

Where is the venue?

The programme will be delivered in central London at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, 222 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA..