Clinical Informatics, Quality Improvements, Health Analytics
Headed by Professor Simon de Lusignan, we focus on how to use technology to improve the quality of health care. The two core areas are: the use of technology at the point of care and how to use routine data to improve and measure quality.
Examples of our work include “Integrate” which is a research study designed to use enhanced surveillance to detect anomalous patterns in the incidence of gastrointestinal disease in the community. The aim of this study is to modernise the approach to surveillance and clinical diagnosis by supplementing traditional diagnostics with cutting edge molecular techniques. Stool samples will be obtained from patients consulting General Practitioners (GPs) for the purpose of quickly and accurately identifying 20 pathogens specifically responsible for causing gastroenteritis.
This study is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Department of Health through the Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF-T5-354). It is led by Prof Sarah O’Brien at Liverpool University. The University of Surrey Clinical Informatics Group will act as the data and analysis hub for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC). For more details about the Integrate project including ethics, please visit: http://www.integrateproject.org.uk/
The group is also involved in an EU-funded project ADVANCE - Accelerated Development of Vaccine benefit-risk Collaboration in Europe. The project aims to review, develop and test methods, data sources and procedures which should feed into a blueprint of an efficient and sustainable pan-European framework that can rapidly deliver robust quantitative data for the assessment of the benefits and risks of vaccines that are on the market. The framework would allow regulators and public health authorities to make fast, informed decisions regarding vaccination strategies, and help to maintain public confidence in vaccines.
Professor de Lusignan is Chair of the Primary Care Informatics working group, UK representative to the European Federation for Medical Informatics and editor of the journal Informatics in Primary Care.