13 February 2019

Pioneering initiatives using patient data to improve health to be trialled by GOSH, UCL and Moorfields

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are to lead trials of innovative solutions using patient data to improve health outcomes.

The initiatives are among ten innovative data solutions announced by Health Data Research UK that will each receive a share of £3 million Government funding following a UK-wide competition. The projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to tackle the big societal and industrial challenges of today such as an ageing population.

The initiatives to be trialled in the UCLPartners region are:

  • Improving children’s health by making better use of de-identified clinical data for research and use of technology that enables the safe handling of this data – led by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and UCL
  • Developing a technology solution that enables patients with rare, genetic eye disease to access their own, connected data from multiple locations that helps improve care and research – led by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

These solutions could be life changing for people involved and will create cost savings and better ways of working in the NHS.

UCLPartners Managing Director, Dr Charlie Davie said: “These projects will demonstrate that securely connecting data can provide exciting opportunities for scientific discovery, leading to improved treatments and health services. It’s exciting that our partners are collaborating to deliver this important work”