Professor Jackie Cassell is an investigator for the Centre for Improvement in Population Health through E-records Research (CIPHER). Co-ordinated through the Farr Institute, CIPHER is a multinational research partnership focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the population through the use of health informatics research. Aiming to reduce delays between knowledge discovery, intervention assessment, and population impact, CIPHER focuses on the development of new methods to anonymise, link and analyse data, along with engaging the public, policy makers and practitioners. Cassell currently co-leads with Professor John Carroll, a computational linguist at the University of Sussex, a group focusing on the use of free text (constructed data) within CIPHER.
Dr Stephen Bremner is involved in a project, led by Liz Ford that aims to predict the onset of dementia from electronic primary care records. Future work includes planning to lead a feasibility study in order to ascertain the amount, flow and quality of data from residential and care homes that resides in electronic form, particularly on databases such as CPRD.
Dr Liz Ford is currently collaborating with researchers in physics, informatics and epidemiology to work out ways of extracting the most useful and accurate information from EHRs, such as identifying a range of different codes indicating disease, modelling disease onset and diagnosis, and accessing the free text in the records. In addition to this she is also currently collaborating with Prof Jackie Cassell in her work for CIPHER. She is also engaged in social science projects aiming to understand the clinical and social context in which records are created. Current work is using dementia and rheumatoid arthritis as exemplar diseases and future work will be looking at presentations of mental health problems in general practice.
Professor Helen Smith has a particular interest in the way in which primary care teams are trained to complete the electronic primary care patient record and the validity of these records. This research involves collaborations with Liz Ford and Simon Glew.