The increasing use of computers over the past few decades has led to a huge increase in the availability of health related data, notably Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs). The overarching aim of the EHR Research Group is to capitalise on the opportunities for research offered by such data, bringing methodological rigour to address important questions for human health.

We have a diverse programme of work using a range of anonymised data sources. These include the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) based on primary care records, Hospital Episode Statistics, disease registry data and numerous international data sources.

Our work covers a broad spectrum including disease aetiology, the effects of medications, vaccines and surgery, environmental influences and health services research. Disease areas are similarly diverse, with major interests in a range of both non-communicable and communicable diseases. We have particular interest in developing and applying optimal research methods, including both observational and interventional approaches.

Here is Liam Smeeth talking about why access to electronic healthcare records is so important for the research community.

CPRD data can be accessed and used for studies by LSHTM staff. There is a fee associated with use of the data. If you are not a member of the EHR Research Group at LSHTM, and are planning to use CPRD data, please click here  for further details.

There is a monthly electronic health records research group scientific meeting hosted by the group at LSHTM – if you would like to attend this meeting please email ehr@lshtm.ac.uk in order to be added to the distribution list.

Our research is funded by a range of different government bodies, charities and companies. These include the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, GSK and the British Heart Foundation.