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Health Data Science

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Health Data Science

A core focus in the department is health data science. We use routinely collected health data, disease registries, social media data and large research cohorts to understand risk factors for disease, identify health inequalities, and develop digital health tools for healthcare improvement.

Health data science can be used to improve healthcare and health outcomes by contributing to the development of risk prediction or precision medicine, automating clinical tasks and developing system efficiencies in healthcare systems. Artificial intelligence can be used for many of the same tasks and also for supporting patients’ health outside of the clinic for example using chatbots, apps or wearables.

Our research is founded on extensive public engagement and end-user or stakeholder consultation. We also carry out implementation research to understand how best to translate data science insights into clinical changes and improvements.

We are a growing team and look outward to support capacity building in data science in the Kent Surrey and Sussex region, working with University, NHS and local authority colleagues to address local health needs.

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GPPS

The General Practice Patient Survey (GPPS) is a national cross-sectional survey that proportionally samples approximately 1% of the adult English population annually. It contains anonymous data on sexual orientation in accordance with the information standard, and information on health outcomes, perceived health and healthcare experiences.

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Equity

The study aims to investigate the differences in the severity of mental health diagnosis and care pathways between foreign-born women and their British-born counterparts from their first access (appointment) to services.

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Dementia Risk Prediction in Areas of Social Deprivation

The UK Government has called for more research into ways of identifying people who do not yet have dementia but have a high chance of developing it, so that early interventions can be developed to reduce their risk. The Alzheimer’s Research UK charity recently funded a research team at The University of Manchester to develop a dementia risk assessment algorithm (calculating tool) “DemCheck” for use in GP practices.

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ASTRODEM

The ASTRODEM project aims to create a predictive model which will help general practitioners (GPs) identify patients at high risk of dementia.

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Unlocking data

The Unlocking Data project aims to inform public health policy and practice in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) by exploring barriers, and creating solutions, for public health intelligence using integrated datasets.

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SARA

Health data providers face challenges in extracting and linking complex data and safeguarding its safe release for research. The SARA project will focus on delivering semi-automated tools to improve two areas of risk assessment and monitoring.

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ARC Data Science Hub

An open access resource, identifying and exploring national and regional (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) health and social care datasets. A space where data access barriers are addressed, in the hope of encouraging improved healthcare based on the real needs of everyday people as users of health and care services.

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Cancer epidemiology

The overall objective of the project is to identify emerging trends, evaluate impact of interventions, inform public health policy and raise awareness about cancer prevention and control.

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Determinants of delays to cancer and dementia diagnosis in the elderly

This project will investigate the determinants of late diagnosis of cancer and dementia in elderly people using linked data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, the Hospital Episodes Statistics and the Cancer Registry. 

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