Health & social care

Innovation with data is vital in the response to public health challenges. Our data storage infrastructure the DataLoch combined with research expertise at the Usher Institute are helping drive further improvements in population health, treatments, and health systems management, from tackling the challenges of increasing number of people living with long term conditions to delays in hospital discharge; and ever increasing drug costs.

Advanced Care Research Centre

In January 2020, the University of Edinburgh and Legal & General announced a major partnership to improve understanding of care in later life and to revolutionise how it is delivered.

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The new data-analysis centre brings together South East Scotland’s health and social care data for the first time, supporting data-driven approaches to care. The importance of data in directing health and social care delivery has been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The evidence behind pandemic policies

UNCOVER is a network of hard-working students and staff who carry out rapid evidence reviews to support policy makers with key covid-19 policy decisions.

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Our Health & Social Care Hub

Usher Institute

Through the application of data science, the Usher Institute will aim to develop innovative and financially sustainable models of health and social care that improve lives.

Located at Edinburgh BioQuarter, the Institute will become a world-leading hub where up to 600 health and social care researchers and scientists will collaborate with colleagues from public, private and third sectors organisations to deliver data-driven advances.

For more information contact:

Michael Gray, Implementation Lead (Health & Social Care Data Driven Innovation)

Our Expert Profiles

Atul Anand

Geriatric Care

My passion for working with older people has been driven by the exclusion of the oldest and often most vulnerable in society from traditional medical research. The use of routinely collected or so-called ‘big data’ has started to change this, by allowing smarter, inclusive research with quicker assessment of the effect of changing treatments on patient outcomes.

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Michelle Evans

Health & social care education

My role is in developing the DDI Health and Social Care (HSC) Talent programme in line with City Region Deal aspirations. This includes building data science expertise across the learning spectrum from new students to in-career professionals and lifelong learners.

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