The Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science creates an environment to address the big challenges for health and health care.

We bring together the skills and expertise from across health data sciences to support research, innovation and health care improvement.

Our experts work with our NHS teams, patients and the public to:

  • Understand health and disease across the life course.  We are developing new methods to characterise common diseases like kidney disease, arthritis and stroke within health care data systems.
  • Map, describe and improve patient journey’s through the health care system. Our researchers and clinical teams are working together with patients to describe and map their journey’s to complex diagnoses like fibromyalgia and vasculitis. Our computing scientists and NHS teams are mapping the pathways, systems and data flows that underpin diagnostic services to drive innovation, system improvement and open, reproducible health data science.
  • Tailor care for individual patients. We are developing and evaluating methods and tools to target care better for patients for example: in fertility clinics and breast screening programmes; for people with kidney disease or cancer; for people with complex and multiple health conditions. Our bioengineers study movement to understand disease and design patient centred interventions.

Using 'Big Data' in public health