Health informatics covers a wide range of issues surrounding the collection and use for public health purposes of health data in health environments.
Currently, BSMS researchers are working with specialists across different fields on a wide ranging programme of interdisciplinary research around electronic health records (EHR). EHRs are digital stores of patient and population health information with the capacity to be created and shared across different health care settings; they can include information such as consultation notes, treatments, reactions, medical tests etc. Research in this area helps to build a better understanding of our health services, in addition to the patterns of disease and care by opening up the possibilities of collecting and analysing data in more sophisticated ways.
Coordinating a comprehensive vision and research strategy with the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, researchers at BSMS collaborate with colleagues from a range of disciplines including informatics, astronomy, law, philosophy, social science, management and engineering.