Director of Informatics, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester
My interests are in using software and data in health and research to support better improvement in care. In particular I am focussed on how health data can be safely shared and reused while maintaining issues of consent and privacy.
I am currently Director of Informatics for the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network. My role is to manage the DataWell programme which will create a health information exchange to support improved access to patient data at the point of care as well as promote the use of informatics, software and data analysis in supporting innovation in the NHS and research. Issues such as privacy, anonymisation and consent are critical to supporting how we are able to use health data in the future.
In particular I am interested how data can inform health systems learning by using research evidence faster and more effectively and include the patient more directly in their own care.
Previously I was the CTO at NWEH, building research software such as FARSITE, which allows for anonymised searches of patient data to validate clinical research criteria, recruit to trials and potentially support population health interventions. I also worked on EHR4CR and the Salford Lung Studies, building a system for real time monitoring and safety of patients in clinical trials. Prior to this I developed an e-Lab research platform with Professor Iain Buchan and Professor John Ainsworth at the University of Manchester.
I also work with the Connected Health Cities project, MAHSC and the NIHR to support the development of health informatics research capability in Health Innovation Manchester.
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