Using health informatics to improve neurological care

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Medicine


Clinicians lack confidence in 'high-level' neurology service data, particularly when these have been generated where there may be a lack of adequate validation. There is a pressing need to improve both the quality of data and the approach to its analysis. There are number of approaches that could be applied to improve the analysis undertaken and some examples are given here. (1) Machine learning methods will be used to improve sub type diagnosis by incorporating a range of data types ranging from clinical blood tests results to length of stay. (2) Novel spatiotemporal analysis techniques being developed in our department will be used to integrate date types that are aggregated across different but overlapping geographical areas. (3) New visualisation techniques will be applied to clinical pathways to allow for effective communication between analysts and clinicians. The PhD fellow will utilise a dataset of several thousand outpatients, prospectively recorded in consecutive neurology clinic attendances, cross-linked to business intelligence data.

The impact of neurological disorders on individuals, carers, and the UK health economy is widely underestimated. There is a gap between the overwhelming level of outpatient demand and consultant neurologist capacity, putting significant pressure on key NHS service delivery targets, so this is a really key area in which to apply the data analysis as described above.

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509504/1 30/09/2016 29/09/2021
2050606 Studentship EP/N509504/1 30/09/2018 29/09/2022 Frances Biggin