Current HIC vacancies

There are fantastic opportunities to work on innovative data programming solutions which support health research and really make a difference to people’s lives. Are you a self-starter who loves problem solving, working with people and developing innovative technical solutions? Do you value a healthy work/life balance and job satisfaction? If so, then this could be the role for you! You will be working within the Health Informatics Centre at the University of Dundee and a multi-disciplinary team. You will be involved in the development of enhancements and the re-engineering of existing systems alongsi...

An introduction to using linked administrative data for social and health research 8th-12th October 2018

Interested in using linked administrative data in your research? Don’t know what data is out there, how to access it, or if you have the skills to do this type of analysis? If you are a social or health researcher with experience of analysing survey data, or if you already work with administrative data but want to analyse multiple administrative datasets linked together, then this course is for you.  The course will give an introduction to administrative data, describing what it is, some of the particular problems in working with this type of data and how to deal with this. Theoretical sessions ...

Study links pollution to hospital visits

A team at the University of Dundee have carried out research using the medical records of 450 patients with bronchiectasis against 15 years of pollution data. The research was reported by the BBC.   Here is the link to the article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-44776741     To see the full research published by the European Respiratory Journal: http://erj.ersjournals.com/content/early/2018/05/24/13993003.02557-2017...

Identifying care-home residents in routine healthcare datasets: a diagnostic test accuracy study of five methods

New research carried out by Jennifer K Burton, Charis A Marwick, Emma L Reynish and Bruce Guthrie has been published by Oxford University Press on Age and Ageing. This research was supported in collaboration with the Health Informatics Centre. The research sought to identify care-home residents in routine healthcare datasets. This research can be found: https://academic.oup.com/ageing/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ageing/afy137/5075436 ...

New article on HIC’s Research Data Management Platform just published in Gigascience.

Between 2013 and 2017, RDMP tool implementation tripled the productivity of data analysts producing data releases for researchers from 7.1 to 25.3 per month and reduced the error rate from 12.7% to 3.1%. The effort on data management reduced from a mean of 24.6 to 3.0 hours per data release. The waiting time for researchers to receive data after agreeing a specification reduced from approximately 6 months to less than 1 week. The software is scalable and currently manages 163 datasets. A total 1,321 data extracts for research have been produced, with the largest extract linking data from 70 different datas...