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The Clinical and Research Informatics Unit (CRIU) consists of a team of clinicians, researchers, software developers and data scientists working together to develop a robust environment and infrastructure for the analysis of clinical data.  The aim is to:

  • facilitate clinical decision making supported by electronic health records (EHR)
  • optimise patient care and operational performance through data-driven innovation
  • foster excellence in research at UCLH, one of the world’s leading teaching hospitals. 

In the following video you will learn more about our aims and objectives:


Key developments

  • Data Explorer (DEX), a portal created to enable UCLH staff to formally and easily request access to patient data for purposes such as research and business intelligence
  • Find A Study, a clinical trials discovery platform enabling UCLH clinicians and patients to find all trials which a patient is eligible for
  • CogStack, a software running as a service to facilitate free-text processing of documents (e.g. GP and referral letters, medical reports), information extraction and information retrieval using different natural language processing tools
  • EMAP, a “mirror” of UCLH data (including historical and real-time data from Epic – Electronic Health Record System) that allows data to be curated for research purposes
  • NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (HIC), a collaboration between different BRCs, bringing together clinical, scientific and informatics expertise at each trust to improve the quality and availability of patient information.

Together, all the technologies developed at CRIU will form a launch pad for a range of research activities, for service improvement, for audit purposes and trials-related activities with data from the underlying electronic health records being made available in real time.

Our Team

Contact details

BRC UCLH/UCL Clinical and Research Informatics Unit
UCL Institute of Health Informatics
222 Euston Road
London NW1 2DA

Email: uclh.criu@nhs.net

Our team: 
Professor Folkert Asselbergs
Professor of Precision Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and Director, UCLH/UCL BRC Clinical and Research Informatics Unit
Luis Romao
Programme Manager, UCLH/UCL BRC Clinical and Research Informatics Unit