Our Key Research Themes
THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF CARE
We will develop and evaluate technologies to ensure health systems globally get the most value from digital innovation. This will encompass new models of care, including more patient-centered and distributed care pathways harnessing mobile health, wearables, remote approaches to consultation, monitoring and consultation, diagnostics and stratified treatments, all of which shifts more power to health consumers. We will work with collaborators such as the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), and the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), to address issues of usability, trust and fairness.
DATA SCIENCE AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
The Institute will partner with the new Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science to apply new technologies to data sets and the latest scientific evidence, and to develop practical tools for clinicians. The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is host to the world’s longest established and largest electronic health records databases. AI and machine learning are being used to explore these data, and to develop prediction tools that can underpin a new era of precision medicine, leading to more effective prevention and treatment. This theme will generate powerful new evidence from electronic health records.
INNOVATIVE METHODS IN DIGITAL HEALTH
We will not only lead the world in understanding how to digitally transform health care, and how to derive new knowledge from health datasets, but we will also pioneer new methodological approaches in this field. Our current work includes an innovative agile clinical trials platform built on routine electronic health records. This can radically improve current approaches to randomised trials and the evaluation of interventions, as well as long-term observational studies, at low cost, facilitating faster answers to deliver more rapid benefits to patients.
Our work evaluating digital interventions considers new ways of assessing their usefulness, including the key issues of digital inclusion, and the green impact of digital approaches.
BUILDING A KNOWLEDGE POWERHOUSE
We continue to build our multidisciplinary teams of experts and invest in our staff with key skills training and engage in knowledge transfer through partnerships with industry and health care providers around the world.
The Institute will have a programme of visiting scholars, curating the exchange of expertise across disciplines and international settings.
In 2022 we launch a flagship Master’s in Applied Digital Health to build a knowledgeable and skilled workforce.
Together with our international Diversity & Inclusion Panel, and organisations such as the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, the Shuri Network, and One Health Tech, we will ensure that underserved populations will have equal opportunities to work and study with us.