Our mission is to unite the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. We are leading work to improve access to data by researchers to improve prevention, care and treatments, helping people lead longer, healthier lives.
We work with:
- organisations which hold health data (we refer to them as data custodians);
- healthcare professionals, academics, charities and industry who need to use data to carry out research to improve health and care, support the development of new treatments, and understand the causes of disease; and
- patients and the public to shape how access to data should work.
Our aim is to enable medical discoveries that improve people’s lives by making it possible for researchers to:
- develop new ways of managing and extracting knowledge and insights from complex and diverse health data; and
- use large scale datasets to address important health research questions that cannot be tackled by individual research organisations.
We will do this by:
- bringing together information about existing health datasets via the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway so that researchers know what’s available and how they can safely access it;
- improving the quality of UK health data, and developing its use, by working with the data custodians to help them work towards common standards for allowing access to the data;
- enabling researchers to use the health data safely and securely;
- ensuring researchers have the skills and ways of working to work with data in the most efficient and responsible way to solve health challenges; and
- developing tools that can help draw new insights or achieve more efficient research.