Kathy Harrison, DataLoch programme manager, Usher Institute.
Atul Anand, DataLoch clinical lead, Centre for Cardiovascular Science.
The NHS in Scotland
is facing the prospect of an aging population with more people with long-term
conditions, with reducing resources and value for money challenges such as
increasing costs of medicine and delayed discharge. DataLoch’s ambition is to
create a health and social care data resource that enables a data driven
approach to this challenge, supporting service managers, innovators and
researchers to understand and deliver the change that’s needed. Routine data,
processed to create a single longitudinal data set, will present a complete
story of a patient’s health, diagnosis, treatments, medical procedures and
outcomes. In this way, DataLoch will enable high quality research through slick
and robust data access. The DataLoch service has been tested with an initial
COVID-19 dataset and is now moving to a condition agnostic database structure
to support wider research interests.