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As part of Bletchley Park Week 2018 Clare Bankhead and Sarah Stevens will be giving presentations on ‘Computing, Big Data and How it Informs Healthcare’

Two presentations, on different aspects of the management of vast volumes of medical data and the influence these have on medicine today.

 The explosion in medical research necessitates the use of clear methods to identify and collate good quality evidence. The science of systematic reviews and meta-analyses has been revolutionised by the increasing availability of first, physically large computers and now hand held devices.  This presentation, by Associate Professor Clare Bankhead, will focus on the development and impact of the digital age on Evidence-Based Healthcare.

 Data is often considered “Big Data” if it can be described in terms of the “four V’s”: volume, variety, velocity and veracity. Dr Sarah Stevens will address how routinely collected healthcare data fulfils these criteria and how it can be harnessed to answer questions in Evidence-Based Healthcare. In particular, the talk will highlight examples of research that can only be carried out using “big data”, with a focus on treatment for hypertension.