‘Big data’ analytics and artificial intelligence have the potential to transform life sciences, health services and the economy. The application of computational biology, informatics, AI and machine learning to linked health and civic datasets opens up the possibility of moving beyond population health and service evaluation projects, into longitudinal cohort studies that address a broad range of clinical research questions and real-world evaluation of medical technologies and diagnostics.
We have real strengths across the North in these disciplines and a track record of demonstrating the value of well-curated health data, with appropriate system and citizen engagement. We have shown that this can drive improvement in the provision of care and create an economic asset across the North.
Building on the success of Connected Health Cities, the NHSA has expanded this network of health and civic data system leaders across the North. We are developing the vision for a pan-northern alliance of Civic Data Cooperatives and bringing these together with our AI expert group.