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 to:

  • Understand health and disease.  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 journeys through the health care system. Our researchers and clinical teams are working together with patients to describe and map their journeys 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 and system improvement.
  • 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.

We have expertise in accessing, managing and working with complex and varied health data, including data that follows people over time – from second to second as well as over years from birth to end of life.  The types of data include structured administrative data, structured diagnostic data, images, laboratory tests and clinical free text letters. Increasingly, data recorded by people themselves with wearables is becoming available and publicly recorded data from sensors detecting environmental exposures as well as movement.

We have an accredited Data Safe Haven (DaSH) with track record in mobilising data securely for research, which is part of a federated network of safe havens, facilitating scalability and interoperability as part of the HDR-UK data science network. We provide a secure interface for researchers and industry provisioning data from across the North and East of Scotland but are also able to host data from across the UK.

Our new Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD) is a partnership between our Centre, NHS and Universities across Scotland, Canon Medical and several SME Digital Technology companies.  We are codeveloping a secure NHS test bed environment to innovate in digital technologies for health care which promises new diagnostics and tools co-designed with patient and clinical input.

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